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form y Mad Max single work   film/TV   science fiction  
Is part of Mad Max 1979 series - author film/TV (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1979 1979
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In a post-apocalyptic Australia, law and order has begun to break down due to energy shortages, despite the efforts of Main Force Patrol (MFP) officers like Max Rockatansky. After Rockatansky encounters Toecutter's motorcycle gang, who are running runshod over isolated communities, he grows disillusioned with his role in the MFP. At first convinced by his superior officer not to resign, he is driven into a state of cold-blooded revenge when Toecutter's gang murder his wife and young son.

Notes

  • This film is included in Australian Screen's collection 'Horror in Australian Cinema'.

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Works about this Work

10 Best Australian Films Made by First-time Directors Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 March 2016;
Wasteland Festival Draws Record Crowd Thanks to George Miller's Mad Max : Fury Road Garry Maddox , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 3 October 2016;

'They came dressed as War Boys. They showed off custom-built vehicles from the Mad Max movies, including both the old and new versions of the famous Interceptor. They battled in the Thunderdome – with foam weapons.'

'The seventh Wasteland Weekend in the Mojave Desert in California showed how much George Miller's series of action movies are resonating a long way from their origins in Australia. ...'

Films Flicker Back to Life 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 30 August 2015; (p. 29)
Austalgia : Our Homesickness for the Past Jim Chalmers , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 74 no. 3 2015; (p. 206-209)
Feed Your Mind at One of the World's Great Festivals Amanda Blair , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 October 2015; (p. 13)
It Isn't Like We're Lacking Inspiration in Our Books and Music : What's Happened to Great Aussie Movies? Nicolle Flint , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 September 2014; (p. 22)
Waves of Fosters, Crocodiles and Ockers : Representation of Australia and Australians in American Popular Culture Nathanael O'Reilly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , vol. 1 no. 2 2012; (p. 247-254)
'This article presents a broad overview of the Australian presence in American popular culture since 1995, focusing on a variety of cultural productions, including television, film, restaurants, beer advertisements, clothing and music. I argue that Australia and Australians are depicted in American popular culture in an exaggerated, exoticized manner. The representations of Australia and Australians in American popular culture usually consist of exaggerated stereotypes that are constructed in order to serve commercial interests, and this the representations serve to perpetuate stereotypes, such as the Ocker image that is so dominant in American popular culture, rather than to increase knowledge of Australia and Australians within the United States.' (Author's abstract p. 247)
Mad Max Neil Mitchell , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: World Film Locations : Melbourne 2012; (p. 42-43)
Gothic Definitions : The New Australian "Cinema of Horrors" Jonathan Rayner , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 91-97)
This paper examines ‘ the pervasive presence of horror materials, in both thematic and stylistic terms, within the Australian feature film industry from its re-establishment at the end of the 1960s to the present.’ (p. 91)
Battlers Take Top Spot in Movie Poll Rosemary Lentini , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 October 2010; (p. 13)
Unsuitable Material Ben Kooyman , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , October no. 3 2010; (p. 55-59)
Ben Kooyman writes on the fate of R-Rated Films
y Not Quite Hollywood : The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Paul Harris , Collingwood : Madman Entertainment , 2008 Z1636275 2008 single work criticism (taught in 1 units)

Not Quite Hollywood is the story of Ozploitation.

More explicit, violent and energetic than anything out of Hollywood, Aussie genre movies such as Alvin Purple, The Man From Hong Kong, Patrick, Mad Max and Turkey Shoot presented a unique take on established cinematic conventions.

In England, Italy and the grindhouses and Drive-ins of North America, audiences applauded our homegrown marauding revheads with their brutish cars; our sprnky well-stacked heroines and our stunts - unparalleled in their quality and extreme danger!

Busting with outrageous anecdotes, trivia and graphic poster art - and including isights from key cast, crew and fans - including Quentin Tarantino - this is the wild, untold story of an era when Aussie cinema got its gear off and showed the world a full-frontal explosion of boobs, pubes, tubes...and even a little kung fu!

Iconic Moments in Cinema : Australia, Part 1 : [Mad Max] Aaron Goldberg , 2008-2009 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , no. 49 2008-2009;

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— Appears in: Our Patch : Enacting Australian Sovereignty Post-2001 2007; (p. 167-196) Imagined Australia : Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe 2009; (p. 57-87)
y The Mad Max Movies Adrian Martin , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press ScreenSound Australia , 2003 Z1040121 2003 single work criticism "Martin compares the three Mad Max movies and shares his views on which works best and why. In a chapter dedicated to each film, he looks at their critical reception and their themes, examines Miller's shooting techniques and provides a shot-by-shot analysis of integral scenes."--Currency Press Newsletter, April, 2003
Is Your Film Language Greek? Some Thoughts on Greek-Australian Film-Makers Bill Mousoulis , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , December no. 1 1999;
'An overview and discussion of the work of Greek-Australian film-makers, and whether the voice they speak with is inherently, deeply Hellenic.' (Editor's abstract)
Nitrate Overload Frank Bren , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , August/September no. 6 1993; (p. 53-54)
Iconic Moments in Cinema : Australia, Part 1 : [Mad Max] Aaron Goldberg , 2008-2009 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , no. 49 2008-2009;

— Review of Mad Max James McCausland George Miller 1979 single work film/TV
y The Mad Max Movies Adrian Martin , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press ScreenSound Australia , 2003 Z1040121 2003 single work criticism "Martin compares the three Mad Max movies and shares his views on which works best and why. In a chapter dedicated to each film, he looks at their critical reception and their themes, examines Miller's shooting techniques and provides a shot-by-shot analysis of integral scenes."--Currency Press Newsletter, April, 2003
y Not Quite Hollywood : The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Paul Harris , Collingwood : Madman Entertainment , 2008 Z1636275 2008 single work criticism (taught in 1 units)

Not Quite Hollywood is the story of Ozploitation.

More explicit, violent and energetic than anything out of Hollywood, Aussie genre movies such as Alvin Purple, The Man From Hong Kong, Patrick, Mad Max and Turkey Shoot presented a unique take on established cinematic conventions.

In England, Italy and the grindhouses and Drive-ins of North America, audiences applauded our homegrown marauding revheads with their brutish cars; our sprnky well-stacked heroines and our stunts - unparalleled in their quality and extreme danger!

Busting with outrageous anecdotes, trivia and graphic poster art - and including isights from key cast, crew and fans - including Quentin Tarantino - this is the wild, untold story of an era when Aussie cinema got its gear off and showed the world a full-frontal explosion of boobs, pubes, tubes...and even a little kung fu!

Dying to Come to Australia : Asylum Seekers, Tourists and Death Jon Stratton , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Our Patch : Enacting Australian Sovereignty Post-2001 2007; (p. 167-196) Imagined Australia : Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe 2009; (p. 57-87)
Battlers Take Top Spot in Movie Poll Rosemary Lentini , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 October 2010; (p. 13)
Nitrate Overload Frank Bren , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , August/September no. 6 1993; (p. 53-54)
Gothic Definitions : The New Australian "Cinema of Horrors" Jonathan Rayner , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 91-97)
This paper examines ‘ the pervasive presence of horror materials, in both thematic and stylistic terms, within the Australian feature film industry from its re-establishment at the end of the 1960s to the present.’ (p. 91)
Unsuitable Material Ben Kooyman , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , October no. 3 2010; (p. 55-59)
Ben Kooyman writes on the fate of R-Rated Films
Waves of Fosters, Crocodiles and Ockers : Representation of Australia and Australians in American Popular Culture Nathanael O'Reilly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , vol. 1 no. 2 2012; (p. 247-254)
'This article presents a broad overview of the Australian presence in American popular culture since 1995, focusing on a variety of cultural productions, including television, film, restaurants, beer advertisements, clothing and music. I argue that Australia and Australians are depicted in American popular culture in an exaggerated, exoticized manner. The representations of Australia and Australians in American popular culture usually consist of exaggerated stereotypes that are constructed in order to serve commercial interests, and this the representations serve to perpetuate stereotypes, such as the Ocker image that is so dominant in American popular culture, rather than to increase knowledge of Australia and Australians within the United States.' (Author's abstract p. 247)
Is Your Film Language Greek? Some Thoughts on Greek-Australian Film-Makers Bill Mousoulis , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , December no. 1 1999;
'An overview and discussion of the work of Greek-Australian film-makers, and whether the voice they speak with is inherently, deeply Hellenic.' (Editor's abstract)
Mad Max Neil Mitchell , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: World Film Locations : Melbourne 2012; (p. 42-43)
It Isn't Like We're Lacking Inspiration in Our Books and Music : What's Happened to Great Aussie Movies? Nicolle Flint , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 September 2014; (p. 22)
Films Flicker Back to Life 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 30 August 2015; (p. 29)
Austalgia : Our Homesickness for the Past Jim Chalmers , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 74 no. 3 2015; (p. 206-209)
Feed Your Mind at One of the World's Great Festivals Amanda Blair , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 October 2015; (p. 13)
10 Best Australian Films Made by First-time Directors Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 March 2016;
Wasteland Festival Draws Record Crowd Thanks to George Miller's Mad Max : Fury Road Garry Maddox , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 3 October 2016;

'They came dressed as War Boys. They showed off custom-built vehicles from the Mad Max movies, including both the old and new versions of the famous Interceptor. They battled in the Thunderdome – with foam weapons.'

'The seventh Wasteland Weekend in the Mojave Desert in California showed how much George Miller's series of action movies are resonating a long way from their origins in Australia. ...'

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