mad for max
It's the trilogy! For the first three weeks in January, take the time out to see all of Max on the big screen.
Now 30 years old and credited with opening up the global market to Australian films, Mad Max is still as pertinent now as it was in 1979.
The incredibly low-budget independent film smashed box office sales, was noted for being the first Australian film to be shot with a widescreen anamorphic lens and launched Mel Gibson's career as one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
Set in a dystopic futuristic Australia, petrol is a prized commodity and bikies rule the roads. Gibson plays Max Rockatansky, the do-gooder policeman who is convinced to stay on the roads in order to maintain social order.
And so it begins.
Two years later came Mad Max 2. Hailed as a sensational action flick, the bigger budgeted sequel received just as much kudos.
Set years after Max's wife and child have been killed, Max is alone and alienated in a post-apocalyptic Australian outback that has become a fighting ground for tribal warfare.
More action than drama, Mad Max 2 divided audiences then and will probably have the same effect now.
And it continues.
Four years later, George Miller joins forces with George Ogilvie to create Mad Max Beyond Thunderdrome. Another gem.
If you haven't seen them, do yourself a favour and clue yourself up this January.
Details of screening times are here
Published Wednesday, 31 December 2008