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Mad Max

Released 1980
Distributor American International Pictures

Medical doctor George Miller teamed with amateur filmmaker Byron Kennedy to make this action-packed dystopian car crash saga on a shoestring budget. Inspired by the 1973 oil crisis, its violent depiction of a bombed-out society became a top-grossing Australian commercial hit, but ran aground during limited distribution in the US. AIP, on its last legs as a distributor, decided to redub all the Aussie dialog with American actors and phrases, which curtailed its playability. Nonetheless it was popular enough to spawn a bigger-budget sequel and call attention to actor Mel Gibson in his first lead role.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.