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Miller and Max: George Miller and the making of a film legend Paperback – 1 June 2017
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He has been writing extensively about cinema for two decades, including for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Filmink Magazine, as well as winning the Australian Film Critics Associations writing award in 2010 for his review of I'm Still Here. As part of his work for The Guardian he wrote a column on classic Australian films, published every week for 106 consecutive weeks. Luke is the author of Miller and Max: George Miller and the making of a film legend
- Publisher : Hardie Grant Books; Paperback edition (1 June 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1743793081
- ISBN-13 : 978-1743793084
- Dimensions : 15.88 x 2.54 x 23.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 180,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are a furious fan of the Mad Max series, do not pass this up. You must read this book. It should be required reading for all true Mad Maxology students. The book starts out with brief but essential biographies of both George Miller and Byron Kennedy, the masterminds behind Mad Max. This start is very important as it will form the front of bookends leading to a satisfying conclusion. We then get a thorough write up on the making of the first Mad Max (1979) film. This section makes up about 1/3 of the book, which is justified. What I like about this section is there is very little rehashing of stories from past Mad Max making of documentaries or reviews, which have usually either superficially praised the film like a big commercial or trashed it unfairly. The stories are fresh and original. We also get lots of quotes from everyone who was involved with the difficult production. Finally, you get some new perspectives on the film that made me appreciate it even more. The fact that the film reverses the traditional plot structure, starting with an exciting crescendo and ending with an anticlimactic decrescendo bang is something that I shamefully under appreciated during my many viewings . The same thing happens with the character of Mad Max who goes against the normal grain of character development from nice guy cop to “mad” vigilante.
The second section of the film deals with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, focusing heavily on the incredible stunts that saturate the film. I especially enjoyed the chapter dealing with the truck driver who drove the rig and overturned it in the intense climactic final action sequence.
The third section combines some extremely hilarious and illegal antics of the production crew with Miller’s soul discovering stories from during the making of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. We get an insight into how George’s sense of storytelling evolved through his interaction with the Aboriginal tribes of Australia during his time seeking permission to film on sacred tribal lands.
The final section dives furiously into the latest film to date, Mad Max: Fury Road. This section is as exciting as the film, telling a story rooted in a long development stage and ending with the long editing process. While most writers called the twenty year period prior to the film’s release “development hell,” Buckmaster’s version sounds more like development purgatory, where Miller’s ideas had lots of time to fully form and gestate, birthing the masterpiece that Fury Road is.
The book ends with a return to George Miller’s hometown of Chinchilla for the first showing of Fury Road, bringing the saga to a satisfying close.
My only negative criticism is regarding the Kindle eBook. There are quite a few grammatical errors, mostly weird extra words that pop up every now and then that makes no sense. These can be a little distracting during the read. I’m not sure who’s to blame but a thorough reread by an editor could clean those mistakes up. Being that this is billed as a high quality Kindle version with all the bells and whistles, it should be cleaned up and sent as an update to those who already purchased the Kindle Edition.
The author is a master in prose and assembling so many details into fast pacing flow. I kept turning page after page until I came to the last one. So many new things I have learnt, especially the intricate details of whole process from the idea to the silver screen for all of four films. I have come to appreciate how much dedication and effort George Miller and his partner in crime, Bryon Kennedy who unfortunately left too soon at his peak with first two Mad Max films.
In addition, I was very fascinated how Mr Miller was able to remove the prefix, 'im,' from the word, impossible. That includes the struggle to film the Underworld in 'Beyond Thunderdome' with all of pigs and deal with the killjoys from Sydney City Council.
Of course, there are a few factual mistakes and editor's lapse, which I hope will be corrected before the hardcover or paperback goes into the press this autumn.