Dr. George Miller, the original Aussie Renaissance man, has divided his life between two great passions: medicine and cinema. Consequently, his most enduring big-screen works as a writer/director/producer — arguably, the Mad Max series and Lorenzo’s Oil — combine these interests in subtle and not-so-subtle (but consistently electrifying) ways.
Born in 1945 in the bustling metropolis of Brisbane, Queensland, Northeastern Australia, Miller was christened George Miliotis by his Greek immigrant parents, the Balloyoulus, but he anglicized his surname as a young man. He grew up in the nearby bucolic town of Chinchilla, Queensland, and developed an enduring infatuation with cinema from an early age, but medicine (and more specifically, the physiology of the human body) entranced him with competing force. He and his twin brother, John, thus enrolled jointly at the New South Wales Medical School in the late ‘60s, and George interned at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney upon graduation… read more
The weirdest, darkest, most sickeningly uncomfortable children's film of all time. The complete polar opposite to the first Babe in every single conceivable way possible, with many wacked-out images, including a dog hanging off a bridge with its head underwater. But there's something about the strangeness of it all that makes it a masterpiece of sorts and it still manages to be beautiful, haunting, even heartwarming.
Bizarre and surprising fable can probably be better appreciated by adults than by children. Dynamic fantasy visuals and colorfully grotesque characters - both animal and human - are brought to life with excellent production design and special effects. Unfortunately, the underwhelming second half degenerates into a more conventional family film, failing to live up to the weirdness potential of the first half.
From a making-of documentary on George Miller’s Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981).