George Miller will be given the Environmental Media Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award Oct. 24.From the first "Mad Max" in 1979 through this year's “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Miller's films often contain messages of eco-concerns. He will be presented the award by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who appears in "Fury Road," which Miller directed, wrote and produced.He joins the previously announced honorees: Don Henley (EMA Missions in Music Honoree), Gwyneth Paltrow (EMA Green Parent Award), Kristin Davis (EMA Wildlife Conservation Award), Van Jones...
The Oscar-winning writer-director-producer George Miller was instrumental in introducing the new wave of revved-up Aussie cinema to the world stage thanks to his seminal and highly influential apocalyptic road trilogy, “Mad Max.”
But when the first in the series roared onto screens in the late ’70s, it wasn’t just a fresh blast of nonstop action reeking of hot engines and even hotter desert winds from down under; Miller’s assured debut, a bleak vision of the future, essentially rewrote the book on how to make a successful low-budget indie action film (for 20 years it held the record for having the highest profit-to-cost ratio of any film). “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the 2015 $378 million-grossing smash and fourth in the blockbuster series, scored 10 Oscar noms, winning six, and was widely hailed as the best action film ever made.
Miller, whose diverse credits include “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Twilight Zone: The Movie,” “Lorenzo’s Oil” and producing “Dead Calm,” the thriller that jump-started Nicole Kidman’s career, also created two more much-beloved franchises — “Babe” and “Happy Feet” — which did for talking animals what “Mad Max” did for young up-and-comer Mel Gibson. Up next: “Mad Max: The Wasteland” and “Happy Feet 3.”