Dr James Newton publishes new book exploring the ‘Mad Max film series

Dr James Newton, Lecturer in Media Studies, has published his new book exploring the legacy and influence of the ‘Mad Max’ film series.

The Mad Max Effect provides an in-depth analysis of the Mad Max series, and how it began as an inventive concoction of a number of influences from a range of exploitation genres (including the biker movie, the revenge film, and the car chase cinema of the 1970s), to eventually inspiring a fresh cycle of international low budget ‘road warrior’ movies that appeared on home video in the 1980s.

The Mad Max Effect is the first detailed academic study of the most famous and celebrated post-apocalypse film series, and examines how a humble Australian action movie came from the cultural margins of exploitation cinema to have a profound impact on the broader media landscape.

Find out more about James’ new book.