George Miller's mother fears for his sanity

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller's mother preferred it when he was making children's movies like Babe.

George Miller's mother thought he was finally calming down when he directed Babe, but his latest film Mad Max: Fury Road has her concerned about his sanity again.

The 70-year-old director has certainly enjoyed a varied career, helming the dystopian action franchise Mad Max from 1979 as well as writing and producing the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's Babe in 1995, which is a children's tale about a talking pig. His mother was thrilled when his career took the new turn in the '90s, but was less impressed when he returned to the Mad Max franchise for latest release Fury Road.

"People do look at me weirdly," he admitted to Fresh Air radio show's Dave Davies. "Even my mother said, 'When you started making the Babes and Happy Feets (kids' movies about penguins) I thought you were calming down, in some way,' but then she saw the latest, Fury Road, she said, 'Sometimes I wonder what goes on in your head.'"

Mad Max: Fury Road was a hit with critics and it's been nominated for 10 Oscars, including the prestigious best picture. George is still stunned by its success and remains unsure whether it will really stand the test of time.

"I'm thinking, 'Oh, tattoos are permanent and I hope the film sort of endures in some way so that they don't have to get them removed so painfully later on,'" he laughed.

The flick stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, with Charlize playing a road warrior who wants to save women who are being held captive. There was call for a lot of stunts in it, but the director decided not to use green screen like many movies do. He realises there is a time and place for it, but fears relying on computers for special effects is always obvious to watchers.

"It's a film in which we don't defy the laws of physics. It's real people in a real desert; there's no men in capes flying around or space vehicles and so on, so it wouldn't make a lot of sense to shoot it all digitally, or a large part of it, because it would lose a lot of authenticity," he said

"Despite the amazing advances in 15 to 20 years of the digital world in filmmaking, it's still very difficult to make something feel really authentic. So we chose to do it old school and that means going out to a remote location with endless deserts and have real vehicles and human beings in that landscape."

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