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Trailers From Hell: Josh Olson on Mel Gibson's Aussie Classic 'Mad Max'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood July 23, 2012 at 12:43PM

Trailers From Hell's Josh Olson kicks off the week with the Australian classic, "Mad Max," which launched the career of Mel Gibson:
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Trailers From Hell's Josh Olson kicks off the week with the Australian classic, "Mad Max," which launched the career of Mel Gibson:

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.