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form y separately published work icon 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 Mad Max
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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.


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

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Works about this Work

Leaving Home : Kennedy Miller in Melbourne James Robert Douglas , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , December vol. 85 no. 2017;

Kennedy Miller has been located in Sydney since the early 1980s, when its reputation as Australia’s most successful production house was established. But its origins and trajectory as a company are intimately tied to Melbourne. Drawing on textual, historical, and archival sources, I argue that Melbourne’s screen culture and industry at the time of the Australian film revival played a fundamental key role in shaping the abilities and sensibilities of the company’s founders, George Miller and Byron Kennedy.

Mad Mix : V8s and Vintage Synths Paris Pompor , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 27 December 2017;
Killing Time With Damien Power Dov Kornits (interviewer), 2017 single work interview
— Appears in: FilmInk , 22 August 2017;
10 Best Australian Films Made by First-time Directors Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 March 2016;
'There Is Still Time … Brother' : Antipodean Cinema and Nuclearism in the Mid-to-Late Cold War Mick Broderick , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television , March vol. 36 no. 1 2016; (p. 53-67)
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 separately published work icon 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 separately published work icon 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)
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