Image by Jorge Figueroa
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed and produced by George Miller, and written by Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. The fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise, it is an Australian and American venture produced by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film is set in a future desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities. It follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his army in an armoured tanker truck, which leads to a lengthy road battle.
Fury Road was in development hell for many years, with pre-production starting as early as 1997. Attempts were made to shoot the film in 2001 and 2003, but were delayed due to the September 11 attacks and the Iraq War. In 2007, after focusing on Happy Feet, Miller decided to pursue producing the film again. He briefly considered producing it as a computer-animated film but abandoned it in favor of live-action. In 2009, Miller announced that filming would begin in early 2011. Hardy was cast as Max in June 2010, with production planned to begin that November. Principal photography was delayed several more times before beginning in July 2012. The film wrapped in December 2012, although additional footage was shot in November 2013. The film had its world premiere on 7 May 2015.
Fury Road won multiple critical and guild awards, and received ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, the second most-nominated film of the 88th Academy Awards. It won six Academy Awards for its production values: Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
The musical score for Mad Max: Fury Road was written by the Dutch composer Junkie XL. Prior to Junkie XL’s involvement, Hans Zimmer, John Powell andMarco Beltrami were attached at separate times to score the film. After hearing Junkie XL’s score for 300: Rise of an Empire, Miller met with the composer in Sydney. “I got very inspired and started writing pieces of music for scenes,” said Junkie XL. “The initial main themes were written in the four weeks after that first meeting and those themes never changed.” A soundtrack album was released by WaterTower Music on 12 May 2015.