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Martyn Conterio

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325864

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325864.001.0001

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(p.95) Conclusion
Mad Max

Martyn Conterio

Liverpool University Press

This concluding chapter argues that Mad Max is a benchmark in Australia's cinema, even if initially the film might have been overshadowed by The Road Warrior (1982), and its influence best embodies the post-apocalyptic subgenre. Today, leather-clad Max Rockatansky is an Australian icon. Mad Max represents pure guerrilla moviemaking. It is this humble quality, mixed with an audacity somewhere between inspired and crazy, that makes Mad Max a true one-off; the type of thing one can only get away with once. George Miller did not singlehandedly invent the post-apocalyptic actioner, but his specific iteration of the planet going down in flames provided a template for others to follow. Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, especially, Italian genre flicks, Ozploitation titles, and Hollywood tried to rework the Mad Max formula.

Keywords:   Mad Max, Australian cinema, Max Rockatansky, Australian icon, guerrilla moviemaking, George Miller, post-apocalyptic actioner, post-apocalyptic subgenre

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