Dr George Miller AO, outstanding Australian film director, screen writer and producer is a towering figure in the global movie-production business.
Born in Chinchilla in 1945, his early years, which were spent almost entirely in play, were enriched by the regular story telling of his Greek parents. These experiences, together with the Saturday movie matinee, were all vital elements in stimulating George’s boundless imagination and intense life-long curiosity.
While becoming a doctor fulfilled a childhood ambition, George’s artistic curiosity led to his first film being made during his residency at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney. He combined medical practice and film-making until the completion the Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in 1981.
Following the production of a successful short, and in partnership with Byron Kennedy, Mad Max was ambitiously produced then released in 1979 to critical acclaim. Thus began a franchise series of Mad Max films, the latest of which Mad Max 4: Fury Road, was released in 2015. Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo’s Oil, Babe, and Happy Feet are among George Miller’s other notable successes from a slate of over 20 movies either directed or produced. He has also been a significant contributor to the production of leading television series.
The excellence of George’s work is reflected in an extensive list of national and international awards or nominations, now exceeding 100 at least 60 being personal awards. Most notably, these include a 2007 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film – Happy Feet; five other Oscar nominations; a BAFTA Award in 2007 for Best Animated Feature Film; a 1996 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Babe; two other Golden Globe nominations; and the 2007 Australian Film Industry Global Achievement Award.
In addition, his films have attracted innumerable other international awards. Notably, Mad Max 4 was the most acclaimed film at the 2016 Oscar’s winning six, the most of any film that year. Babe also won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 1996. Happy Feet won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song – Motion Picture in 2007.
George’s enduring cinematic achievements owe much to his remarkable ability to build a film-making business which, in grossing over $1bn at the box office, admirably balances astute financial judgement, measured risk taking and imaginative story telling shaped by his early life in country Queensland.