Roadshow Films released the following statement today naming Mad Max: Fury Road the best film of 2015. It read:
“The International Federation of Film Critics, comprised of more than 500 of the world’s top critics, has named George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road best film of the year, and will honour Miller with its FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2015. The award will be presented to the Australian writer/director/producer at the opening ceremony of the 63rd Annual San Sebastián International Film Festival, set to take place on September 18th in San Sebastian, Spain.
On being informed of the FIPRESCI prize, Miller said, “I’m proud of our Aussie cast and crew, big time … their skill set, their unfailing grace under pressure. This was a tough movie to make. It’s so lovely to have our many labours acknowledged in this way.”
Previous honourees of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix include such filmmakers as Richard Linklater for Boyhood, Michael Haneke for Amour and The White Ribbon, Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life, Roman Polanski for The Ghost Writer, Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood and Magnolia, Pedro Almodovar for Volver and All About My Mother, Jafar Panahi for The Circle, Jean-Luc Godard for Notre Musique, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Uzak.
The FIPRESCI Grand Prix continues the groundswell of critical acclaim Mad Max: Fury Road has inspired since its summer 2015 release in theatres around the world. The Australian blockbuster has since become one of the best-reviewed films of this or any year, earning a 98% fresh rating on the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which lists Mad Max: Fury Road as the 12th best-reviewed film of all time.
Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller directed Mad Max: Fury Road from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produced the film, along with long-time producing partner, Doug Mitchell, and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Chris DeFaria, Courtenay Valenti, Graham Burke, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.
Tom Hardy stars in the title role of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” with Oscar winner Charlize Theron starring as Imperator Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe; Josh Helman as Slit; Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus; collectively known as The Wives, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is The Splendid Angharad, Riley Keough is Capable, Zoë Kravitz plays Toast the Knowing, Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Cheedo the Fragile.
The behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-winning director of photography John Seale, production designer Colin Gibson, editor Margaret Sixel, Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan, second unit director and stunt coordinator Guy Norris, and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production, a George Miller film, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was released in Australian cinemas on May 14, 2015 and took over $21 million at the Australian Box Office.”