Seeing Green

Mad Max: Eco-apocalypse vs Car Culture and Re-use

March 09, 2022 Season 1 Episode 2
Seeing Green
Mad Max: Eco-apocalypse vs Car Culture and Re-use
Show Notes

Petrol guzzling V8s, scintillating car chases, crazed gangs who wreak havoc across the Australian desert. Mad Max is the 1979 dystopian thriller that remains a standout of Australian new wave cinema. 

In this episode, we're taking a fresh look at the Mad Max series, with a focus on the latest film, 2015’s Fury Road. We're looking at what this film reveals about Australian car culture, resource extraction, and the disastrous consequences that await if we don’t act on climate change.

In this discussion:

PhD candidate in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University, Melanie Ashe, who researches film and mining in far west NSW.

And Dr Kathryn Lucas-Healey, a research fellow at the Australian National University with a diverse background spanning architectural design, renewable energy and electric vehicles.