Byron Kennedy is a Actor, Story, Producer and Sound Mixer Australien born on 18 august 1949 at Melbourne (Australie)
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Byron Eric Kennedy (18 August 1949 – 17 July 1983) Born Melbourne was an Australian film producer best known for the Mad Max series of films.
At the age of 18 years, Kennedy formed his own company named "Warlok Films" and produced many amateur short films under this logo.
In 1970, at the age of 21 years he won The Kodak Trophy — Australia's Ten Best on Eight – for the short film "Hobson's Bay", a short documentary film about the Melbourne port suburb of Williamstown.
This award enabled him to travel overseas and gain invaluable knowledge of the international film/television industry. Upon his return he embarked upon a television/film course at the University of NSW where he met George Miller.
The first mini-film made by both was Violence in the Cinema filmed in Yarraville, Melbourne. The film won International acclaim and this led to the formation of the new film company "Kennedy Miller" which was incorporated in 1975 with both George Miller and Byron Kennedy as co-directors.
Their first major movie together was the international smash hit Mad Max. This film set a record for the highest grossing film relative to budget, a record which was only broken with the advent of The Blair Witch Project.
In 1983, at the age of 33, Kennedy was killed in a helicopter crash at Warragamba Dam in New South Wales, Australia. In his honour, the Australian Film Institute, with George Miller as a panel member, established the Byron Kennedy Award. This award is bestowed upon those whose work is marked by their pursuit of excellence within the film and television industry and sponsored by Kennedy Miller, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow, Greater Union, Cinemedia and Steven Spielberg.
His original production company, Kennedy Miller, is now Kennedy Miller Mitchell Pty Ltd.
Il fonde la société de production Kennedy Miller, avec son fidèle associé et ami, George Miller. Leur premier film, intitulé Violence in the Cinema, Part 1 est produit en 1971. Le triomphe arrive en 1979 avec le film Mad Max. Suivront The Last of the Knucklemen, Mad Max 2 et des projets de deux feuilletons télévisés. Mais Byron Kennedy meurt tragiquement dans un accident d'hélicoptère au barrage de Warragamba en juillet 1983.