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Mad Max director George Miller to head the jury at Cannes

At the upcoming 69th Festival de Cannes, Hollywood director George Miller will head the jury. The Australian helmer is best known for his action-adventure series Mad Max.

world cinema Updated: Feb 02, 2016 17:59 IST
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This file photo taken on May 14, 2015 shows Australian director George Miller smiling during a press conference for the film Mad Max : Fury Road during the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Mad Max creator George Miller will head the jury at this year’s Cannes film festival, its organisers said on February 2, 2015, the first Australian ever to preside over the world’s top film event. (AFP)

Hollywood director George Miller, the Australian helmer known for his action-adventure series Mad Max, will head the jury at the upcoming 69th Festival de Cannes. It was in Cannes last May that Miller’s latest film Mad Max: Fury Road set out on its fantastic journey. The film was shown Out of Competition in the official selection of the festival.

“What an unmitigated delight! To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honour. I’ll be there with bells on!,” the director said in a statement.

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure film, Mad Max: Fury Road, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (AP)

Originally from a small village in Queensland, Miller wrote and directed Violence in the Cinema, part 1 in 1971. He made his feature film debut in 1979 with Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson. Inspired by the “outback gothic” genre sweeping Australia at the time, the film was a worldwide smash hit.

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The futuristic drama is credited for giving a touch of class to the action genre with its masterly combination of Road Movie, Western and Science-Fiction elements.

This futuristic drama is credited for giving a touch of class to the action genre with its masterly combination of Road Movie, Western and Science-Fiction elements. (Cannes Film Festival)

He subsequently directed Mad Max 2: the Road Warrior in 1981, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 and a hugely successful Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015.

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His other projects as producer-director-screenwriter are Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo’s Oil, Babe, which he produced, Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2. Miller returned to the iconic character Max Rockatanskyin the fourth Mad Max movie after 30 years.

Set in the post-apocalyptic world, the movie deftly weaves feminist and anti-totalitarian overtones with great action. The film has picked up 10 nominations at this year’s Oscars including the best picture and best director for Miller.

The Cannes film festival will run from May 11-22.

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