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This week’s Campbell in Culture offering on the JCF website is this discussion with George Miller, creator, director, and producer of the Mad Max film series (Mad Max, Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and more recently, Fury Road). Miller, one of Australia’s national treasures, has long acknowledged his debt to Joseph Campbell’s work. (A little bit of trivia: for several years the Sydney chapter of JCF’s Mythological RoundTable® Program met in the boardroom at Miller’s studio; in fact, several writers and creative artists on Mad Max: Fury Road attended sessions of the Sydney Mythological RoundTable® group while working on the production, engaging in group discussions of what the female version of the hero’s journey would look like – and I’d like to think some of what was discussed found its way into the film.)
In the hourlong video you can access at this link, Miller also considers the possibility of a prequel exploring the origins of Furiosa, the hero(ine) of Fury Road played by Charlize Theron – but he also makes some bold statements about what occurs to heroes after the happily-ever-aftering . . . and it ain’t pretty.
If you have the time and inclination, view the video – or at least read the brief article introducing Miller’s discussion. Even if you don’t, perhaps you have some thoughts on who or what Miller (and Campbell) means by “the Tyrant Holdfast.”
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