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George Miller (born 3 March 1945) is a Greek 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.

George Miller (*)

Miller is the older brother of producer Bill Miller. Almost all the film in Miller's career were produced by Doug Mitchell. He is also co-founder of the production houses Dr. D Studios and Kennedy Miller Mitchell, formerly known as Kennedy Miller.

In 2006 Miller won the first (and currently only) Academy Award of his career, 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

Miller was born in Brisbane, Queensland, to Greek immigrant parents: Dimitri (Jim) Castrisios Miliotis and Angela Balson. Dimitri Miliotis was from the Greek island of Kythira and he anglicised his surname to Miller when he emigrated to Australia; the Balson family were Greek refugees from Anatolia.[1] The couple married and settled in Chinchilla and had four sons. The first two were the non-identical twins George and John. Chris and Bill Miller followed.

George attended Ipswich Grammar School and later Sydney Boys High School,[2] then studied medicine at the University of New South Wales with his twin brother John. While in his final year at medical school (1971), George and his younger brother Chris made a one minute short film that won them first prize in a student competition.[3] In 1971, George attended a Film Workshop at Melbourne University where he met fellow student, Byron Kennedy, with whom he formed a lasting friendship. In 1972, Miller completed his residency at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, spending his time-off crewing on short experimental films. The pair subsequently collaborated on numerous works.

Miller's background in medicine is reflected in the main character in his Mad Max movies, Max Rockatansky. This is a reference to Baron Carl von Rokitansky, who developed the most common procedure used to remove the internal organs at autopsy, still called the "Rokitansky procedure".[4]

Mad Max

Miller wrote and directed the Mad Max movies starring Mel Gibson (Mad Max, Mad Max 2 (subtitled in the United States as The Road Warrior), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome); co-wrote Babe and wrote and directed its sequel; and co-wrote (with Nick Enright) and directed Lorenzo's Oil. He also directed The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Miller co-produced and co-directed many acclaimed miniseries for Australian television including The Dismissal (1983) and The Cowra Breakout (1984).
“ ...ask Dr. George Miller today and he'll say that all of his movies are one and the same, whether they focus on human society or the animal kingdom, and whether they unfold against the sands of the Australian outback, the suburbs of Washington, D.C., or the ice shelves of the Antarctic. "I honestly see no difference between the essential elemental story of, let's say, The Road Warrior, Lorenzo's Oil and Babe," Miller told me earlier this month during a visit to L.A. to promote his latest film, the animated musical Happy Feet. ”

—L.A. Weekly, (2006)

[5]

Miller's role as producer of Flirting, Dead Calm and the TV mini-series Bangkok Hilton and Vietnam, all starring Nicole Kidman, was instrumental in the early development of her career.

Miller was also the creator of Happy Feet, a musical epic about the life of penguins in Antarctica.[6] The Warner Bros. produced film was released in November 2006. As well as being a runaway box office success, Happy Feet has also brought Miller his third Academy Award nomination, and his first win in the category of Best Animated Feature.

Miller is the Patron of the Australian Film Institute and the BIFF (the Brisbane International Film Festival) and a co-patron of the Sydney Film Festival.

He is currently working as director for the upcoming film Happy Feet Two. On 24 October 2009, Miller also confirmed that his next project will be the highly-anticipated fourth Mad Max sequel, currently titled Mad Max: Fury Road.
Filmography

Year Film Credit
1979 Mad Max Director, writer, producer
1980 The Chain Reaction Director (car chase sequences), associate producer
1981 Mad Max 2 Director, writer, producer, additional editor
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Co-director, writer, producer
1983 The Dismissal (TV) Director, writer, producer
1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Director, writer, producer
1987 The Witches of Eastwick Director, writer, executive producer
1987 The Year My Voice Broke Producer
1989 Dead Calm Producer
1991 Flirting Producer
1992 Lorenzo's Oil Director, writer, producer
1995 Babe Writer, producer
1997 40,000 Years of Dreaming Director, writer, presenter
1998 Babe: Pig In the City Director, writer, producer
2006 Happy Feet Director, writer, producer
2011 Happy Feet Two Director, producer, writer
2013 Mad Max: Fury Road Director, producer, writer


Awards and recognition

1982: Won Australian Film Institute Award for Mad Max 2, Best Director and Best Film Editing (shared with others)
1987: Won Australian Film Institute Award for The Year My Voice Broke, Best Picture (as producer), shared with Doug Mitchell and Terry Hayes
1990: Won Australian Film Institute Award for Flirting, Best Picture (as producer), shared with Doug Mitchell and Terry Hayes
1993: Academy Award nomination for Lorenzo's Oil, Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, shared with co-writer Nick Enright
1996: Two Academy Award nominations for Babe, Best Picture (as producer) and Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Published, shared with co-writer Chris Noonan
1999: Received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of New South Wales[3]
2007: Won Academy Award for Happy Feet, Best Animated Feature
2007: Won BAFTA Award for Happy Feet, Best Animated Feature
2007: Received The Queensland – United States Personal Achievement Award at the Queensland Expatriate Awards at the Rainbow Room in New York
2007: Received the FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
2007 (April): Awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree by the Australian Film Television and Radio School.[7]
2007: Received the AFI Global Achievement Award[8]
2008: Awarded an honorary Doctorate from the Griffith University.
2009: Awarded the French Order of the Arts and Letters.[9]
2010: First non-US Filmmaker to be awarded "honorary member" status among the VES.[10]

Kennedy Miller Mitchell

Kennedy Miller Mitchell is an Australian film production company founded in 1973 by George Miller and producer Byron Kennedy, as Kennedy Miller. In 2009, George Miller and Doug Mitchell renamed the company Kennedy Miller Mitchell.
Dr. D Studios

Dr. D Studios is a new state-of-the-art production company founded by George Miller and Doug Mitchell. The Sydney based studio produced in 2011 Happy Feet Two and is working with Kennedy Miller Mitchell on Mad Max 4: Fury Road.
Further reading

L.A. Weekly (2006) 'International Man of Myths' by Scott Foundus in L.A. Weekly, 23 November 2006.

References

^ "for the world-wide Kytherian community: George Miller". Kythera-Family.net. 22 May 2004. http://www.kythera-family.net/index.php?nav=3-10&cid=63-90&did=2722&pageflip=1&PHPSESSID=1df799ea7cd9d68e14f74fdcc0d30826. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
^ http://www.kythera-family.net/index.php?nav=3-10&cid=63-90&did=2722
^ a b UNSWorld (2007) p. 15
^ http://www.limina.arts.uwa.edu.au/__data/page/61289/biber_new.pdf
^ Foundas, Scott. "International Man of Myths". LA Weekly. http://www.laweekly.com/2006-11-23/film-tv/international-man-of-myths.
^ "The penguin suite". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 December 2006. http://www.smh.com.au/news/film/the-penguin-suite/2006/11/30/1164777710443.html.
^ Gadd, Michael (17 April 2007). "George Miller gets Masters". AAP. http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,23663,21570788-10388,00.html.
^ "2007 Winners". http://www.afi.org.au/ Australian Film Insititute. http://www.afi.org.au/awards/winners.asp. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
^ Alyssa Braithwaite. "Director George Miller to be awarded Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at Sydney's French Film Festival". Telegraph. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/movies/director-george-miller-to-be-awarded-ordre-des-arts-et-des-lettres-at-sydneys-french-film-festival/story-e6frexli-1225835810810.
^ "Miller receives VES award - Inside Film: Film and Television Industry News and Issues for Australian Content Creators". If.com.au. http://if.com.au/2010/06/10/article/Miller-receives-VES-award/MBJCIVNEGI.html. Retrieved 2011-06-30.

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