Australian Cinema and Mad Max Ii: the Road Warrior

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When one thinks of great movies, Australian cinema is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, this is not to say that it has gone completely unnoticed. Australian cinema has been a sort of boom and bust industry since its inception in the late 1800’s. When it is booming, it can be one of the most successful film industries in the world. Nonetheless, when it is down, it can be so unproductive as to only produce a few movies in a decade. After several previous attempts to solve the slump of the film industry, the Australian government created the Australian Film Commission (AFC) in 1975. The AFC was a used to help the film industry by providing government funding to Australian filmmakers to facilitate the production of internationally competitive films. This made it much easier to screen Australian films across the globe for an international audience. Upon its inception, the effects of the AFC were seen almost immediately with the release of Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) as well as Ken Hannam’s Sunday to Far Away (1975), two of the first internationally successful Australian films. According to Film History: An Introduction, a textbook by Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell, “The AFC helped finance about fifty features in its first five years, out performing its European counterparts by recovering about 38 percent of its investments.” The era of films made during the 1970’s and 1980’s as a result of the AFC’s funding have been referred to as Australia’s New Wave of cinema in which filmmakers made some of the most memorable and influential films of all time. Around the same time, two young ambitious Australian filmmakers, George Miller and Byron Kennedy, formed a partnership that would bring Australian cinema to the top of the box office without the help of government funding. Their breakthrough film, Mad Max (1978), directed by…...

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