Author Luke Buckmaster, “Miller and Max”
What a day, what a lovely day this is as we take you on an auditory tour of George Miller’s vicious 2015 dystopian masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road.
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) dir. George Miller, Australia
Our first special guest this month is Luke Buckmaster, author of “Miller and Max” first published in 2017. Luke is the film critic for Guardian Australia, and has also written for The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, and Filmink magazine, as well as appearing on both the ABC and the BBC.
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For Namibia and other under-developed countries, burning more fossil fuels offers one path to social cohesion and environmental preservation—the very opposite of collapse. The average Namibian creates just 1.4 metric tons of carbon a year, while the average Australian creates 16.7. In 2010, only 34 percent of Namibians had access to electricity, which means they cut wood or other biomass to cook dinner. Increasing electrification in Africa preserves remaining forests, cuts the time people spend scavenging wood, improves health, and, because of electric lights, creates more opportunities for education.
The environmental impact of the filming of Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t lost on the country of Namibia. Ecological damage was caused and then left, but Slate did an excellent job of looking at how increasing use of fossil fuels (something the Mad Max series has forewarned against) could in fact help the country.
Mad Max: Fury Road is now renowned for its amazing on-set stunts. A lot of what you see on screen looks exactly as it was shot, with little to no CGI used in many of the stunt or explosion sequences. Here’s a YouTube video showing what was shot, and how it looked in the final edit.
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a special Halloween episode on Tobe Hooper’s “Poltergeist”. Or is it Steven Spielberg’s? Hmmm…