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Mad Max: Fury Road Production Studio

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Production Studio

Kennedy Miller Mitchell

In the land of Oz (um, that would be Australia), there's really one horse in the rodeo: Kennedy Miller Mitchell. It's one of the oldest production companies in all of Australia, and it's responsible for the George Miller-helmed hits Babe, Happy Feet, and, of course, Mad Max: Fury Road.

George Miller Isn't Just a Director

Close friends and colleagues George Miller and Byron Kennedy founded the company—then known as Kennedy Miller Productions—after meeting in film school. As it happens, their first flick—Mad Max—became a relatively successful hit, and launched the company into more than 35 years of success. Sadly, the Kennedy part of Kennedy Miller perished in a motorcycle crash in 1983, leaving director and producer George Miller to continue alone in the film-making business. In 2009, the company was renamed Kennedy Miller Mitchell after film producer Doug Mitchell joined the team.

We would be remiss if we didn't point out that Kennedy Miller Mitchell does much more than make movies. The company has worked in television and gaming, too.

Village Roadshow for Fury Road

Of course a scrappy little production company from Australia—however well established—needs an assist from the big boys every now and then. That's where Village Roadshow Pictures comes in. They're another Australian company, but a bit more mainstream. Since their founding in 1986, they've worked on such blockbuster hits as the Matrix trilogy, the Sherlock Holmes franchise, Oceans Eleven (and Twelve and Thirteen, for that matter), just to name a few. Consider them the bankrollers of this scenario—when it comes to the vision, that was all Miller and co.

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