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form y separately published work icon Mad Max : Fury Road single work   film/TV   science fiction  
Alternative title: Mad Max 4
Is part of Mad Max 1979 series - author film/TV (number 4 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Mad Max : Fury Road
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Despite post-dating the third film in the series by some thirty years, this instalment is said to fit in the timeline somewhere between films one and two.

Max Rockatansky, trapped in the citadel of warlord Immortan Joe, crosses paths with Imperator Furiosa, who is on a mission to free Joe's enslaved 'brides' and take them to the Green Place, the Land of Many Mothers.




  • Released in cinemas on 30 April 2017 in what Miller called the 'black and chrome edition': a black-and-white print of the film: this version was released on Blu-ray on 15 May 2017.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia

    Type of disability Missing forearm (occasional prosthetic use).
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view Third person.

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    This work has been affiliated with the Preppers and Survivalism project due to its relationship to either prepping or prepper-inflected survivalism more generally, and contains one or more of the following:

    1. A strong belief in some imminent threat
    2. Taking active steps to prepare for that perceived threat

    • A range of activities not necessarily associated with ‘prepping’ take on new significance, when they are undertaken with the express purpose of preparing for and/or surviving perceived threats, e.g., gardening, abseiling.
    • The plausibility of the threat, and the relative “reasonable-ness” of the response, don’t affect this definition. E.g., if someone is worried about climate change and climate disasters, and they respond by moving from a riverbank location in Cairns, or to a highland region of New Zealand, this makes them a prepper. If someone else is worried about brainwashing rays from outer space, and they respond by making a tinfoil hat, that makes them a prepper. 

    3. A character or characters (or text) who self-identify as a ‘prepper’, or some synonymous/modified term: ‘financial preppers’, ‘weekend preppers’, ‘fitness preppers’, etc.

    As a tier two work, this text has been identified as key to prepping in a broader, more conceptual relationship. These texts have been classified as ‘key’ prepper-adjacent texts that are important to prepping, even if they themselves are not about prepping or do not include preppers. These texts have been identified in the database through various means such as interviews with preppers, scholarship on preppers, and online prepper forums.

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Works about this Work

Complicating Feature : Gender and Disability in Mad Max: Fury Road Katie Ellis , Gwyneth Peaty , Leanne McRae , 2023 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , vol. 36 no. 1 2023; (p. 49-63)

'While scholarly discussion of disability in Australian narrative has focused on disability as a representational device, used to reinforce a hypermasculine and able-national identity, this article draws on Ato Quayson's aesthetic nervousness to establish patterns of cultural critique throughout Mad Max: Fury Road, layered on and through capitalism and gender representation. Strong female protagonists have been a recurring character in action genres since the 1980s yet have often been absent in Australian national cinema. There is barely a scene in Fury Road that does not include a disabled body and/or a woman. Furiosa's counterpart is not Max but Immortan Joe. Both bodies are impaired and use prosthesis. However, the role of Joe's prosthesis is to hide his decaying body, while the role of Furiosa's seems only to exist in Joe's world. Throughout this article, the authors invoke critical disability studies to argue that disability and gender are central to the aesthetic of Fury Road and to conveying its sociopolitical messages. In an ensemble filled with women, Furiosa's distinguishing feature is no longer her gender but her disability.' (Publication abstract)  

When Max Met Furiosa : The Yearslong Process of Casting Mad Max : Fury Road Involved Dozens of Future Stars — and Just as Many What-ifs Kyle Buchanan , 2022 extract criticism (Blood, Sweat and Chrome : The Wild and True Story of Mad Max : Fury Road)
— Appears in: Vulture , 9 February 2022;
y separately published work icon Blood, Sweat and Chrome : The Wild and True Story of Mad Max : Fury Road Kyle Buchanan , New York (City) : William Morrow , 2022 23790345 2022 multi chapter work criticism

'A full-speed-ahead oral history of the nearly two-decade making of the cultural phenomenon Mad Max: Fury Road—with more than 130 new interviews with key members of the cast and crew, including Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and director George Miller, from the pop culture reporter for The New York Times, Kyle Buchanan.

'It won six Oscars and has been hailed as the greatest action film ever, but it is a miracle Mad Max: Fury Road ever made it to the screen… or that anybody survived the production. The story of this modern classic spanned nearly two decades of wild obstacles as visionary director George Miller tried to mount one of the most difficult shoots in Hollywood history.

'Production stalled several times, stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron clashed repeatedly in the brutal Namib Desert, and Miller’s crew engineered death-defying action scenes that were among the most dangerous ever committed to film. Even accomplished Hollywood figures are flummoxed by the accomplishment: As the director Steven Soderbergh has said, “I don’t understand how they’re not still shooting that film, and I don’t understand how hundreds of people aren’t dead.”

'Kyle Buchanan takes readers through every step of that moviemaking experience in vivid detail, from Fury Road’s unexpected origins through its outlandish casting process to the big-studio battles that nearly mutilated a masterpiece. But he takes the deepest dive in reporting the astonishing facts behind a shoot so unconventional that the film’s fantasy world began to bleed into the real lives of its cast and crew. As they fought and endured in a wasteland of their own, the only way forward was to have faith in their director’s mad vision. But how could Miller persevere when almost everything seemed to be stacked against him?

'With hundreds of exclusive interviews and details about the making of Fury Road, readers will be left with one undeniable conclusion: There has never been a movie so drenched in sweat, so forged by fire, and so epic in scope.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Victim-Warriors and Restorers—Heroines in the Post-Apocalyptic World of Mad Max : Fury Road Anna Reglińska-Jemioł , 2021 single work criticism
— Appears in: Text Matters : A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture , no. 11 2021; (p. 106-118)

'The article discusses the evolving image of female characters in the Mad Max saga directed by George Miller, focusing on Furiosa’s rebellion in the last film—Mad Max: Fury Road. Interestingly, studying Miller’s post-apocalyptic action films, we can observe the evolution of this post-apocalyptic vision from the male-dominated world with civilization collapsing into chaotic violence visualized in the previous series to a more hopeful future created by women in the last part of the saga: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). We observe female heroes: the vengeful Furiosa, the protector of oppressed girls and sex slaves, the women of the separatist clan, and the wives of the warlord, who bring down the tyranny and create a new “green place.” It is worth emphasizing that the plot casts female solidarity in the central heroic role. In fact, the Mad Max saga emerges as a piece of socially engaged cinema preoccupied with the cultural context of gender discourse. Noticeably, media commentators, scholars and activists have suggested that Fury Road is a feminist film.' (Publication abstract)

Our Enduring Love of Mad Max’s Australian Outback : An Anarchic Wasteland of Sado-masochistic Punk Villains and Ocker Clowns Amanda Howell , 2021 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 27 April 2021;
Nine Australian Movies to Watch in 2015 Luke Buckmaster , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 6 January 2015;

— Review of Mad Max : Fury Road George Miller , Nico Lathouris , Brendan McCarthy , 2015 single work film/TV ; The Dressmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse , 2015 single work film/TV ; The Blinky Bill Movie Fin Edquist , 2015 single work film/TV ; Paper Planes Steve Worland , Robert Connolly , 2014 single work film/TV ; Sam Klemke’s Time Machine Mathew Bate , Sandy Cameron , 2015 single work film/TV ; Strangerland Fiona Seres , 2015 single work film/TV ; Kill Me Three Times James McFarland , 2014 single work film/TV ; Oddball and the Penguins Peter Ivan , 2015 single work film/TV ; The Daughter Simon Stone , 2015 single work film/TV
Taking on the Ultimate Warrior Jenny Cooney Carillo , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 May 2015; (p. 6-7)

— Review of Mad Max : Fury Road George Miller , Nico Lathouris , Brendan McCarthy , 2015 single work film/TV
They're Back Don Steinberg , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 9-10 May 2015; (p. 8)

— Review of Mad Max : Fury Road George Miller , Nico Lathouris , Brendan McCarthy , 2015 single work film/TV
We’re Just Mad about Charlize Jake Wilson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 May 2015;

— Review of Mad Max : Fury Road George Miller , Nico Lathouris , Brendan McCarthy , 2015 single work film/TV
Lone Warrior Returns to the End of the World Jake Wilson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 12 May 2015; (p. 12)

— Review of Mad Max : Fury Road George Miller , Nico Lathouris , Brendan McCarthy , 2015 single work film/TV
In the Eye of the Camper Holder Garry Maddox , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 31 May 2012; (p. 16)
Reel Time Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 June 2012; (p. 17)
Mad Max : Fury Road Screeches into Action Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 August 2012; (p. 15)
Studio Chiefs Wary of Max Garry Maddox , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 20 October 2012; (p. 3)
Back to the Bush to Find a Blockbuster Vicky Roach , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 10 August 2013; (p. 36)


2016 nominated Golden Globe Awards (USA) Best Motion Picture - Drama
2016 nominated Academy Awards Best Director
2016 nominated Academy Awards Best Picture
2016 nominated Golden Globe Awards (USA) Best Director - Motion Picture
2016 winner AFCA Film Awards Best Director
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