Mad Max Ultraviolence in cinema part 1
by Melvin Zed
Release date : February 2021
Publisher : Editions Rififi
Language : French
Number of pages : 432 pages
Dedication at Metaluna Store with the author on February 19
MAD MAX – ULTRAVIOLENCE IN CINEMA, PART 1 , is a book dedicated to the first film in the saga and whose story begins in the heart of Australia in the 1960s and ends in the late 1970s, when MAD MAX is sweeping across screens around the world. On 430 pages, we have detailed the genesis of this work by immersing ourselves in the history of those who imagined and made it. It's an adventure that takes place at a particular time, when Australian cinema was experiencing a revolution and a generation of filmmakers appeared who would quickly place Australia on the maps of film lovers around the world. Isolated, often forgotten, the country experienced a late cultural revolution, in the shadow of the English motherland and the American cousin, but in 1977, when the Western world was rocked by the disillusioned feedback of the punk explosion, a few young Australians have decided to rush their country into a car accident. “We smashed a few cars and set the world on fire,” Tony Paterson, the film's editor, once said. Because they wanted to smash everything, they took insane risks, devised insane stunts and shot a movie under guerrilla conditions. "I didn't go to Vietnam, instead I did MAD MAX" says in turn one of the members of the production, John Hipwell, 40 years after the shooting. Like many others, he has forgotten nothing of this adventure, proud of what they have accomplished, and relieved not to have killed anyone.