One of the greatest directors of all time, George Miller AO, joins actor, writer and comedian Tim Minchin (Matilda) to discuss his formidable track record of trailblazing, record-breaking films that have defined Australian cinema. With two films in the top ten highest selling Australian films at the Australian box office (Babe, Happy Feet), and the most nominated and most awarded Australian film ever at the Oscars (Mad Max: Fury Road) – George is a legend of cinema. Join one of this country’s most revolutionary, innovative creative figures for an unforgettable conversation about the art of storytelling, screenwriting and adaptation.
This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms.
George Miller (Australian)
George Miller AO is an Australian film director, producer, screenwriter and physician. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, whose second instalment, Mad Max 2, and fourth, Fury Road, have been hailed as two of the greatest action films of all time; while Fury Road won six Academy Awards. George is very diverse in genre and style as he also directed the biographical medical drama Lorenzo's Oil, the dark fantasy The Witches of Eastwick, the Academy Award–winning animated film Happy Feet, and produced the family friendly fantasy adventure Babe and directed the sequel Babe: Pig in the City.
Tim Minchin (Australian)
Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, comedian, composer, actor, writer and director.
He has toured extensively in the US, UK and Australia, performing solo, with bands and with symphony orchestras. He’s released five DVDs, the most recent recorded with the Heritage Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. He is the composer lyricist of two hit West End/Broadway musicals, Matilda and Groundhog Day, both of which won the Olivier Award for Best West End Musical and garnered nominations for Best Score and Best Musical in Broadway’s Tony Awards.
Tim wrote, produced and starred in the Sky Atlantic/Foxtel TV series Upright in 2019. Other screen-acting credits include Atticus Fetch in Season 6 of Californication, a Logie Award–winning Smasher Sullivan in the ABC’s Secret River and Friar Tuck in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood reboot. Stage highlights include Judas in the UK/Australian Arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2012, and Rosencrantz in the Sydney Theatre Company’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead the following year.
He has published two books: the graphic novel Storm and the illustrated childrens’ book When I Grow Up. In November, 2021 Tim released his debut solo album Apart Together. He is a member of the Order of Australia, a philanthropist and a mediocre juggler.