Film Talk - Mad Max: The Anti Hero's Journey

Mad Max: The Anti Hero's Journey

May 1, 2024

Film Talks

In 1971, Australia introduced its own domestic version of the R rating, leading to a two decades long boom in independent genre film production that came to be known as Ozploitation. Enter George Miller, a young medical doctor who wanted to make a splash with his debut film starring a young American immigrant, Mel Gibson. 

Mad Max earned a cult following upon its 1980 U.S. release, while its follow-up, 1981’s The Road Warrior, became a sleeper hit. Two more films in the series followed, 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and Miller’s long-anticipated return to the character after a 30-year hiatus, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). 

On the eve of the next installment in the saga, Furiosa, Seattle International Film Festival Programmer Dan Doody examines the evolution of Max Rockatansky from highway patrol officer to post-apocalyptic paladin, and why George Miller’s cinematic universe continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

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Saturday, May 1, 2024
7:00–9:00pm PT

SIFF Film Center (live) and live streamed via Zoom Webinar. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.

About the Instructor: Dan Doody

About the Instructor:

A Seattle-area native, Dan Doody received a degree in English from Western Washington University, and began working for the Seattle International Film Festival in 1999. He programs both features and short films for the festival, serving on the WTF! committee and as the festival's lead coordinator for its Oscar® qualifying ShortsFest section. He is an enthusiast of the gothic in both film and literature, the pagan-haunted pastorals found in English ghost stories, and the seedy streets of film noir. He could quite happily live in a crumbling castle so long as it was within walking distance of a neon-lit diner on a rain-slicked city boulevard.