[FSR Retro] Is America Ready For Australian Film and ‘Mad Max’?

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There usually isn’t much of a reason for us to talk about films released almost a year ago, but I think it’s worthy to talk about a film only released on a different continent. Supposedly there is a big film movement in Australia, and they are churning out some awesome science fiction and action films.

The first one to make the trip across the pond is called Mad Max.

Mad Max is the directorial debut of George Miller and came out in its native country in April of last year. The film will be premiering in Los Angeles on May 9th. The film stars newcomer Mel Gibson and is a Dystopian story that features a man seeking vengeance as society starts to fall apart around him. From what I hear the film is pretty cool, but can Australian film connect with American audiences? I have never seen an Australian actor break through in a lead role, but maybe it is time. The film was reportedly made for only 400’000 AUD, and it has already been considered a huge success in Australia based on its box office earnings.

The word around town is that Mad Max is amazing, and the production photos show some really cool cars and this Mel Gibson guy looking pretty badass. I personally don’t know much about Australia, but from what I hear the country makes for a great setting in this story.

I have also heard that this was the first Australian film to be shot with a wide anamorphic lens, which some American directors have come to love because they can show a much wider scope of the action. The only downside to this foreign export is that American International Pictures is distributing the film, and feels that they need to dub the Australian actors dialog in favor of American voice actors. I personally feel like this may detract from the quality of the film, but who knows. We might even see the original film on VHS or Betamax.

Do you think Mad Max could cause an increase in Australian films or Australian actors?

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