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George Miller is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Second Unit Director Australien born on 3 march 1945 at Brisbane (Australie)

George Miller

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Birth name George Miliotis
Nationality Australie
Birth 3 march 1945 (74 years) at Brisbane (Australie)
Creator of Kennedy Miller Mitchell

George Miller AO (born George Miliotis, 3 March 1945) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, but has been involved in a wide range of projects. These include the Academy Award-winning Babe and Happy Feet film series.

Miller is co-founder of the production houses Kennedy Miller Mitchell, formerly known as Kennedy Miller, and Dr. D Studios. His younger brother Bill Miller and Doug Mitchell have been producers on almost all the films in Miller's later career, since the death of his original producing partner Byron Kennedy.

In 2006 Miller won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Happy Feet. He has been nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay in 1992 for Lorenzo's Oil, and Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay in 1995 for Babe.

Biography

Jeunesse, formation
Originaire d'une petite bourgade du Queensland en Australie, George Miller entreprend des études de médecine avant de s'orienter vers le cinéma.

En 1971, il écrit et réalise un court métrage intitulé Violence in the Cinema: Part 1 qui remporte deux prix aux Australian Film Institute Awards et est présenté aux festivals de Sydney et de Moscou. Le film est produit par son fidèle associé Byron Kennedy, avec qui il fondera la société Kennedy Miller Productions.


Années 1980 : débuts et révélation
En 1978, il est engagé comme assistant-réalisateur pour le film In Search of Anna, d'Esben Storm

Après deux courts-métrages, son premier long est aussi son premier grand triomphe : sorti en 1979, le thriller d'action Mad Max, road movie apocalyptique et violent, avec Mel Gibson, lui permet de faire une arrivée remarquée. Le film est néanmoins largement censuré en raison de nombreuses scènes de violence. Fort de ce succès, le réalisateur signera deux suites intitulées Mad Max 2 : le défi, en 1981, qui lui permet d'impressionner encore davantage critiques et public, puis le plus mitigé Mad Max : Au-delà du dôme du tonnerre, qui souffre d'une production tumultueuse. Entre temps, Steven Spielberg l'invite à réaliser le dernier segment de La Quatrième Dimension (1983), considéré par les critiques comme le meilleur de cette anthologie.

En 1982, George Miller perd son associé Byron Kennedy dans un accident d'hélicoptère, ce qui perturbe beaucoup le développement du dernier opus de la trilogie Mad Max. Miller poursuit leurs activités communes avec Doug Mitchell, sous l'égide de la société Kennedy Miller. Le cinéaste revient alors à Hollywood, pour sortir de son terrain habituel.

En 1987, il réalise Les Sorcières d'Eastwick, une comédie fantastique avec Jack Nicholson et Susan Sarandon. Sa collaboration avec cette dernière l'amène à la diriger de nouveau dans le mélodrame Lorenzo, en 1992.

En 1988, il est membre du jury du Festival de Cannes, sous la présidence d'Ettore Scola. La comédienne Nastassja Kinski et le réalisateur Claude Berri font notamment partie du jury.


Années 1990-2000 : cinéma jeunesse et consécration

En 1995, il continue à subvertir des genres classiques du cinéma hollywoodien en produisant et écrivant Babe, le cochon devenu berger, dont la mise en scène est confiée à Chris Noonan. Cette comédie dramatique mêlant numérique et trucages aura nécessité sept ans de développement, mais connaît un large succès critique et commercial international, et reçoit plusieurs nominations aux Oscars dans les catégories majeures et obtient l'Oscar des meilleurs effets visuels.

George Miller ne peut donc que renouveler l'expérience, et revient cette fois en tant que scénariste-réalisateur pour Babe 2, le cochon dans la ville, qui sort en 1998. Si les critiques sont positives, le film ne rencontre en revanche pas le public, et connaît un échec retentissant, ne parvenant pas à rembourser son budget, qui a pourtant triplé depuis le premier opus.

En 1999, il est pour la deuxième fois membre du jury international lors du Festival de Cannes que David Cronenberg préside. La chanteuse Barbara Hendricks, les comédiennes Dominique Blanc et Holly Hunter ainsi que le comédien Jeff Goldblum font notamment partie du jury.

Après une absence de 7 ans et l'échec de la production de Justice League: Mortal, George Miller revient à la réalisation en mettant en scène un manchot de l'Antarctique dans Happy Feet. Ce film d'animation à succès qui remporte l'Oscar du meilleur film d'animation en 2007. Le genre est alors en plein essor, mais Miller parvient à y injecter l'esprit des comédies musicales de Broadway, parvenant à livrer un long métrage original, visuellement superbe, et décalé. Les Oscars saluent le travail avec quelques nominations, et le cinéaste remporte l'Oscar du meilleur film d'animation.

Il accepte donc logiquement de coécrire et réaliser une suite, Happy Feet 2, qui est dévoilée en 2011. Néanmoins, le film convainc moins les critiques et ne parvient pas à être rentabilisé. La société de production de Miller, Dr. D Studios, perd de l'argent, au point de déposer le bilan. Le cinéaste confie la même année qu'il n'avait aucune idée pour un troisième opus.


Années 2010 : retour à Mad Max

Il revient de toute façon à sa première franchise, et donc à un univers âpre et violent : en 2012, il commence le tournage d'un 4e film de la saga Mad Max, Mad Max: Fury Road, dans lequel Tom Hardy reprend le rôle de Max Rockatansky. À la suite de diverses péripéties sur le tournage, le film ne sort qu'en mai 2015. Le blockbuster connaît un succès critique mondial, reçoit un triomphe aux Oscars 2016 avec 6 trophées, et impressionne. À l'âge de 70 ans, Miller livre en effet un thriller d'action moderne et innovant, porté par la performance de Charlize Theron.

Il fut président du jury du Festival de Cannes 2016, composé des actrices Kirsten Dunst et Valeria Golino ; de la chanteuse Vanessa Paradis ; de la productrice Katayoun Shahabi : des acteurs Mads Mikkelsen et Donald Sutherland ; et des réalisateurs Arnaud Desplechin et László Nemes.

Best films

Happy Feet (2006)
(Director)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
(Director)
Babe (1995)
(Scriptwriter)
Happy Feet Two (2011)
(Director)
Mad Max (1979)
(Director)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
(Director)

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Filmography of George Miller (23 films)

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Mad Max: Fury Road, 2h
Directed by George Miller
Origin Australie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
Themes Feminist films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films set in the future, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Chase films, Disaster films
Actors Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Adelaide Clemens
Rating80% 4.043714.043714.043714.043714.04371
Following a nuclear holocaust, the world has become a desert wasteland and civilization has collapsed. Max Rockatansky, a survivor, is captured by the War Boys, the army of the tyrannical Immortan Joe, and taken to Joe's Citadel. Designated a universal blood donor, Max is imprisoned and used as a "blood bag" for a sick War Boy called Nux. Meanwhile, Imperator Furiosa, one of Joe's lieutenants, is sent in her armored truck, the "War Rig", to collect gasoline. When she drives off-route, Joe realizes that his five wives—women selected for breeding—are missing. Joe leads his entire army in pursuit of Furiosa, calling on the aid of nearby Gas Town and the Bullet Farm.
Happy Feet Two, 1h40
Directed by George Miller
Origin Australie
Genres Comedy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about birds, Musical films, Films about penguins, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Brad Pitt, Elizabeth Daily, Matt Damon
Rating59% 2.9500852.9500852.9500852.9500852.950085
Erik, son of the penguins Mumble and Gloria, is unable to dance like Emperor-Land. Erik and his two best friends, Bodicea and Atticus, follow Ramon to Adélie-Land and find that Adélie-Land has been ruled by a God-like "penguin" named Sven. Sven is actually a puffin in Adélie-Land who survived the loss of his native fishing grounds due to his "miraculous" ability to fly. Erik instantly becomes enamored with Sven, who takes a liking to him. Sven and Lovelace tell the others that they were saved by humans. The two eventually flee (under Sven's mistaken assumption that the humans were going to eat them) and end up on Antarctica, where Sven performs his first miracle by revealing moss to the local penguins. Sven uses his power of "Sven Think" to help Ramon find a mate. Ramon instantly falls in love with Carmen, another Adélie penguin who is uninterested. Mumble follows the chicks' footprints to Adélie-Land and orders them to return to Emperor-Land, but they refuse. Sven sends Erik back to Emperor-Land with Mumble.
Happy Feet
Happy Feet (2006)
, 1h48
Directed by George Miller, Judy Morris
Origin Australie
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Cétacé, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about birds, Films about penguins, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Johnny A. Sanchez, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman
Rating64% 3.245913.245913.245913.245913.24591
Every emperor penguin sings a unique song called a "heartsong" to attract a mate. If the male penguin's heartsong matches the female's song, the two penguins mate. Norma Jean, a female penguin, falls for Memphis, a male penguin and they become mates. They lay an egg, which is left in Memphis' care, while Norma Jean leaves with the other females to fish. While the males struggle through the harsh winter, Memphis briefly drops the egg. The resulting chick, Mumble, is unable to sing but can tap dance. Nevertheless, he is enamored with Gloria, a female penguin who is regarded as the most talented of her age. One day, Mumble encounters a group of hostile skua, with a leader who is tagged with a yellow band, which he says is from an alien abduction. Mumble narrowly escapes the hungry birds by falling into a crevice.
Babe: Pig in the City, 1h37
Directed by George Miller
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Pregnancy films, Films about cats, Films about dogs, Films about pigs, Films about apes, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell, Mary Stein, Elizabeth Daily, Danny Mann, Paul Livingston
Rating57% 2.89632.89632.89632.89632.8963
Set after the events of the first film, Babe (now voiced by Elizabeth Daily) and his master, farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell), are given a welcome home parade after Babe's success as a "sheepdog". One day, Babe inadvertently causes an accident to befall Arthur, who ends up in the hospital. Esme is unsuccessful tending the farm on her own. A few days later, two men from the bank tell her she and Arthur have not paid their rent on time, and at the end of the month, Esme and Arthur will soon be evicted from their farm. Among the many letters from their fans, Esme locates one saying that if she enters Babe in a sheepdog herding contest, held at a fair far away, she will win a large amount of money. She decides to enter Babe instead, and they leave the farm together.
Tidal Wave: No Escape
Directed by George Miller, George Trumbull Miller
Origin USA
Themes Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Corbin Bernsen, Julianne Phillips, Harve Presnell, Gregg Henry, Larry Brandenburg, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

A navy scientist and an oceanographer try to stop the person behind a series of man-made tidal waves.
Gross Misconduct, 1h29
Directed by George Miller, George Trumbull Miller
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about education
Actors Jimmy Smits, Naomi Watts, Shawn Ashmore, Sarah Chadwick, Alan Fletcher, Nicholas Bell
Rating53% 2.668022.668022.668022.668022.66802
At an all-girls academy in Australia, a married philosophy professor, Justin Thorne, attracts a fervent admirer in one of his students, Jennifer Carter.
Lorenzo's Oil, 2h9
Directed by George Miller
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Medical-themed films
Actors Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov, Ann Hearn, Kathleen Wilhoite, Gerry Bamman
Rating72% 3.6479053.6479053.6479053.6479053.647905
Lorenzo (Zack O'Malley Greenburg) is a bright and vibrant young boy living in the Comoro Islands, as his father Augusto (Nick Nolte) works for the World Bank and is stationed there. However, when his parents relocate to the United States, he begins to show neurological problems, such as loss of hearing, tantrums, etc. The boy is diagnosed as having adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which is fatal within two years. Failing to find a doctor capable of treating their son's rare disease, Augusto and his wife Michaela (Susan Sarandon) set out on a mission to find a treatment to save their child. In their quest, the Odones clash with doctors, scientists, and support groups, who are skeptical that anything could be done about ALD, much less by laypeople. But they persist, setting up camp in medical libraries, reviewing animal experiments, enlisting the aid of Professor Gus Nikolais (Peter Ustinov), badgering researchers, questioning top doctors all over the world, and even organizing an international symposium about the disease.
In the Nick of Time, 1h29
Directed by George Miller, George Trumbull Miller
Origin USA
Themes Christmas films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Lloyd Bridges, Michael Tucker, Cleavon Little, Jessica DiCicco, Alison LaPlaca, A Martinez
Rating70% 3.5334153.5334153.5334153.5334153.533415
The old Santa Claus (Bridges) has seven days to find the new Santa Claus (Tucker) and pass the torch to him. The only problem is the new Santa Claus is a curmudgeon who lost his wife and his will to live. He works as a reporter for The Chicago Sun Times, which is a throwback to Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and has to rediscover the joy of Christmas. At the last minute, he realizes what is important and becomes the new Santa Claus.
The Witches of Eastwick, 1h53
Directed by George Miller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about religion, Demons in film, Witches in film, Political films, Comedy horror films, Buddy films
Actors Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins
Rating64% 3.2494553.2494553.2494553.2494553.249455
Alexandra Medford (Cher), Jane Spofford (Susan Sarandon), and Sukie Ridgemont (Michelle Pfeiffer) are three dissatisfied women living in the picturesque town of Eastwick, Rhode Island. Alex is a sculptor and single mother of one daughter; Jane is a newly divorced music teacher unable to have children; while Sukie has six daughters and works as a columnist for the Eastwick Word. The three friends have all lost their husbands (Alex's died, Jane's divorced her, and Sukie's abandoned her). Unaware that they are witches, the women unwittingly form a coven where they have weekly get-togethers and share their fantasies about ideal men.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, 1h47
Directed by George Miller, George Ogilvie
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Peplum, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
Themes Environmental films, Seafaring films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films set in the future, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films
Actors Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Angry Anderson, Adam Cockburn, Helen Buday
Rating62% 3.1489453.1489453.1489453.1489453.148945
Fifteen years after defeating Lord Humungus, Max Rockatansky crosses the Australian desert in a camel-drawn wagon when he is attacked by a pilot named Jedediah and his son in a Transavia PL-12 Airtruk, stealing his wagon and belongings. Continuing on foot, Max follows their trail to the seedy community of Bartertown. While refused entry at first, Max is brought before the founder and ruler of Bartertown, the ruthless Aunty Entity. She offers to resupply his vehicle and equipment if he completes a task for her.
Mad Max 2
Mad Max 2 (1981)
, 1h35
Directed by George Miller
Origin Australie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Western
Themes Environmental films, Seafaring films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Motocyclette, Films set in the future, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Chase films, Disaster films
Actors Mel Gibson, Michael Preston, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Virginia Hey, Emil Minty
Rating75% 3.798893.798893.798893.798893.79889
Five years after avenging his wife and child, with supplies of petroleum having become nearly exhausted following a major energy crisis and a global war, ex-Main Force Patrol officer "Mad" Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) roams the now depopulated and desolate desert in his scarred, black supercharged V-8 Pursuit Special, scavenging for food, water, and fuel. His only companions are an Australian Cattle Dog and a rare functioning firearm–a sawed-off shotgun–for which ammunition is very scarce.