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How Mad Max wrote the script for the action blockbuster


Blackwood, G, How Mad Max wrote the script for the action blockbuster, The Conversation, The Conversation Trust, Melbourne, 8 May (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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The term "reaching the max" means to reach the top end or the final limit of something; it means to lie on the precise threshold between the possible and the impossible. Beyond this sublime tipping point lies the post-pleasure principle; the death drive; the burnt-out car at the bottom of the rocky cliff. The philosopher Gilles Deleuze once reflected on how the alcoholic drinker is actually always on the look-out for the second-last or "penultimate drink" rather than the final drink that will lead to unconsciousness or obliteration. The character Max – played by Mel Gibson in the original Mad Max trilogy (1979-1985) – literally pushes to this penultimate limit, almost to the brink of annihilation. Hence the "madness" and insanity that is attached to his name. Perhaps it doesn’t really describe a man’s name so much as it pronounces a quality or a value, even of the style of the films themselves. Next week, after a 30-year hiatus, the series soon will be joined by a fourth film – Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Mad Max, Australian cinema, blockbuster, film industry
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Cinema studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Visual communication
UTAS Author:Blackwood, G (Dr Gemma Blackwood)
ID Code:135866
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2019-11-19
Last Modified:2019-11-20

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