Most movie lovers are familiar with the cinematic legend of Mad Max, which began with its first feature back in 1979, followed up by two more film instalments. To this day, the franchise is classed as one of the greatest Australian film series ever made. What’s incredible is how many fans worldwide are still in love with this series and how many lives have been changed forever, all in the name of Max.
Beyond the Wasteland is a documentary that includes interviews of fans worldwide, including from places such as the USA, Italy, France, Germany, and Japan. Mad Max freaks are all highly obsessed with the film franchise, some of them cosplayers or fanatical collectors. This feature also reveals some hardcore fans who go so far as to make replica cars and even reenact some of the most dangerous and wild stunts from the original feature film. Heck, some fans even once had a Mad Max-style wedding inside a “Thunderdome”.
Not only do we hear from many Mad Max fans around the globe, but this documentary also takes an in-depth look at why fans have connected with this character. Interviews with the cast and various people reveal how this Australian icon remains a powerful figure in the present day and how the film series will always be highly spoken about, even if Earth becomes a wasteland itself.
Those who adore the film series will also be pleased to see various celebrities giving their opinions on how it impacted them as actors moving forward. One celebrity from the film gets focused on more than others: actor Bertrand Cadart, who was sadly diagnosed with leukemia. But even with fatal leukemia, we see first-hand Bertrand’s determination to hit the road and be part of a large celebration among fans one last time.
Being a Mad Max fan myself, I was highly excited to see this film. The film gives an insightful view on the franchise, and it reflects on what was achieved as well as how incredible the films were for their time. It’s also great to witness how fans carry on the Mad Max legacy with confidence, passion, and enthusiasm in their everyday lives. These fans don’t care what others think because they do what they love, and in return, they gain such freedom in life.
Overall, fans of the Mad Max series will find new insights into the series thanks to this new documentary. Looking back over the popular franchise, the documentary examines how it came to be such a “humongous” success. For the majority, it’s also an in-depth look into the lives of many hardcore fans worldwide who live a free life, celebrating the legendary character that made Australian cinematic history. It’s filled with great interviews and reveals the length fans will go to in the name of Mad Max. It’s certainly an interesting documentary that I’m confident movie lovers will find relatable and be entertained by the experience and heart on display. Beyond the Wasteland (2021) is Available on DVD from September 7th!