Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road
The third and fourth Mad Max movies – Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road – were released 30 years apart.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) co-starred Mel Gibson and Tina Turner and was co-directed by George Miller and George Ogilvie (1931–2020). It was dedicated to producer Byron Kennedy, who tragically died in a helicopter crash during pre-production.
While Thunderdome was a respectable critical and box-office hit, it seemed to signal the end of the Mad Max series. Then, three decades later, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) exploded onto screens after a dazzling premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
It starred Tom Hardy as Max, but this time paired with the equally heroic – and mad – Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron.
A critical triumph for George Miller, Fury Road also remains to date the most-nominated and most-awarded Australian film at the Academy Awards, with ten nominations and six Oscars.