Video: ‘Mad Max”s George Miller on Environmentalism and Being Greek

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At the 2015 Environmental Media Awards we got to interview George Miller, the famous director of the “Mad Max” movies, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in promoting awareness about environmentalism.

As Miller himself says, “when you look at the “Mad Max” movies, they’re kind of cautionary tales, that’s not the principle driving narrative, but they’re cautionary tales”.

For those who haven’t seen them, the “Mad Max” movies mostly take place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland-like Earth, and feature clans of humans battling and struggling for survival.

The director spoke to us about his father’s upbringing in Kythira, Greece, as well as his own upbringing in rural Australia, and how it influenced his environmental principles.

“What I learned from my dad is, the land, he loved the land, and my mother. And so all of our life out there was play and really getting to understand the land, and that’s why these environmental issues end up in our story. My father basically grew up with olive trees and fruits on Kythira and really loved it, and so we picked that up as kids from him.”

George Miller also emphasized that he is a strong believer in science and scientific principles, so he can’t understand people’s reluctance to admit the scientific data concerning global warming and other current environmental issues.

Lastly, it seems he loves returning to Greece as much as the rest of us do, and spoke about how much he appreciates the culture and lifestyle of Greek people, especially Greece’s “island life”.

Watch the interview below: