George Miller made his first film, Mad Max, in 1976 after raising $300,000 from family and friends and hiring a -name actor, Mel Gibson. Edited in his kitchen, it would become the most profitable film ever made, a position it held for over two decades. Miller and Max is the story of two heroes. One, a leather jacket-clad road warrior whose adventures in a dystopian future have made an indelible imprint on global popular culture. The second, the artist who created him: a softly spoken son of Greek and Turkish immigrants, whose life charts a spectacular course from small-town Australia to the highest echelons of Hollywood. Written with the cooperation of a role call of cast, crew, family and associates, Miller and Max gets behind the scenes and on set, as well as behind Miller's sensible-sounding camouflage to reveal what's really inside the man - which is more than a little Max Rockatansky. Both forces seem to come out of where; both remain to this day huge forces in the zeitgeist and are truly heroes of our time. Miller and Max is a revelatory biography of a piece of film history.
Luke Buckmaster is The Guardian Australia's film critic. He also writes regularly for Daily Review, BBC Culture and ABC's The Drum as well as appearing on ABC's iViews screen arts show The Critics. He has been writing extensively about cinema for two decades, including for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Filmink Magazine, as well as winning the Australian Film Critics Associations writing award in 2010 for his review of I'm Still Here. As part of his work for The Guardian he wrote a column on classic Australian films, published every week for 106 consecutive weeks. Luke is the author of Miller and Max: George Miller and the making of a film legend