George Miller's New Movie "Furiosa" to Premiere at Cannes Film Festival
Director George Miller poses for a portrait to promote "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" in Los Angeles, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

George Miller's New Movie "Furiosa" to Premiere at Cannes Film Festival

May 15th, 2024

George Miller is a man who makes movies. He used to be a doctor. Now he makes films with lots of action. He made a new movie called "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga." It is about a world with very little water and lots of sand. George Miller worked with Chris Hemsworth and Anya Taylor-Joy. They are actors. They made the movie together. It was not easy. They had to work very hard. The movie "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" will show for the first time at a big movie festival in Cannes. It is a special event. People there will see the movie before others can see it in theaters. The actors and George Miller feel happy and excited to show their movie. They worked on making it for a long time. They had to do lots of difficult things to make the movie good. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Furiosa. She had to do hard things for the movie. Chris Hemsworth plays a bad man in the movie. He had to act very crazy. George Miller has made movies like this for many years. He says making movies is like being a doctor. You have to look at people very carefully. George Miller wants to make more movies like "Furiosa." He has more stories to tell. He likes to use his ideas to make movies that tell us about the world.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What did George Miller do before making movies?
. Who are the actors in the new movie 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga'?
. Where will 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga' be shown for the first time?

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🌐 Cultural context

George Miller is a filmmaker from Australia known for action movies. The Cannes Film Festival in France is where new films are first shown and celebrated. Actors like Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth are famous for their film roles.

🧠 Further reading

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
There are stories about the world ending. This can happen because of big weather changes, a big rock from space, a big war with bombs, not having enough things we need, getting very sick from a disease, or even strange things like zombies or space creatures coming to Earth. Some stories are about trying to stop the end of the world. Some stories are about what happens after the world ends. People in these stories might live like long ago without much technology or they might remember old times like they are fairy tales. A long time ago, people in places like Babylon made up stories about the world ending too. We have been telling these stories for thousands of years. These stories became very popular after a big war where people were afraid of bombs that could end the world.

Method acting
Some actors use special ways to act very real. They try to feel like the person they are playing. This is called the Method. The Method was made first by a man named Konstantin from Russia. He wrote books about it. Three teachers named Lee, Stella, and Sanford made the Method better. They all worked in a place called the Group Theatre in New York. Many famous actors use the Method to act very well. They are like Marlon, Anne, James, and many others. The Method started a long time ago. Konstantin made it from what he learned in theater. He wanted actors to really feel their parts. This makes acting look real. Actors who use the Method try to think and feel like the characters. This helps them to act in a true way. People like watching this kind of acting.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema
The sickness called COVID-19 made it hard for movies in the early 2020s. Movie places closed, and movie parties were stopped. Fewer people went to the movies, and the money made from movies went down a lot. Instead, more people watched movies at home on the internet. Big new movies did not come out as planned. But smaller movies got to be seen by more people. In China, movie places were closed for a big holiday when they usually make a lot of money. They lost a lot of money. In North America, not many people went to the movies in March 2020. A big movie from Japan made the most money in 2020. It was the first time in a long time that the biggest movie did not make more than $1 billion. It was also the first time a movie not from America was the biggest. By 2021, movies started to make more money again. Even with some sickness rules, a movie about Spider-Man made lots of money very fast. It was the biggest movie of 2021 and made more than $1 billion. People thought that the money from movies could go down by a lot because of the sickness.