Australian Cinema and Mad Max Ii: the Road Warrior Essay

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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 …show more content…
It was followed by both Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) both directed by Miller. The trilogy follows a character, Max Rockatansky, AKA “Mad Max”, (played by Mel Gibson in his breakthrough role), through his escapades in a post-apocalyptic Australian Outback. As a former police officer whose family was murdered in the first film, Max has become referred to as a “shell of a man.” He drives through the outback alone in his V-8 interceptor in search of what has become the most precious commodity on the planet: Gasoline. George Miller’s 1981 film, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, provided the world with a rather grim prediction of what the world may become if it continues to consume oil in the way it does. In comparison to the other Mad Max films, The Road Warrior is viewed as being far superior to the original Mad Max, dispelling the myth that most sequels are inferior to their originals. The Road Warrior is superior for numerous reasons. The film used over the top stunts to create an action packed plot, only further highlighted by its uniquely designed costumes and props. It made very notable achievements in these fields as well as filming and editing through using fender mounted cameras in numerous chase scenes throughout the film. As a result of its superior cinematography, it won numerous awards in those fields. In addition, what the original film did in terms of excessive dialogue, the second made up for in terms of

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