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Miller (Miliotis), George

Born: March 3, 1945

Born in Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia

Academy-Award winning filmmaker, screenwriter and producer.

Most well known for his work on the Mad Max movies, but has been involved in a wide range of projects, including the Oscar-winning Happy Feet, Lorenzo's Oil (starring Nick Nolte) and The Witches of Eastwick (starring Jack Nicholson).

Biography

George Miliotis was born in Chinchilla, Queensland, to Greek immigrant parents: Dimitri (Jim) Castrisios Miliotis and Evangelia (Angela) Balloyoulo. Dimitri Miliotis was from the Greek island of Kythira and he anglicised his surname to Miller when he emigrated to Australia; the Balloyoulo family were Greek refugees from Anatolia. The couple married and settled in Chinchilla and had four sons. The first two were the non-identical twins George and John, and later, Chris and Vassili (Bill) arrived.

George served as an altar boy at the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George, Rose Bay, New South Wales. He attended Ipswich Grammar School and later Sydney Boys High School, then studied medicine at the University of New South Wales with his twin brother John. While in his final year at medical school (1971), George and his younger brother Chris made a one minute short film that won them first prize in a student competition.

In 1971, George attended a Film Workshop at Melbourne University where he met fellow student, Byron Kennedy, with whom he formed a lasting friendship. In 1972, Miller completed his residency at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, spending his time-off crewing on short experimental films. The pair collaborated on numerous works after that.

Miller wrote and directed the Mad Max movies starring Mel Gibson (Mad Max, Mad Max 2, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome); co-wrote Babe and wrote and directed its sequel; and co-wrote (with Nick Enright) and directed Lorenzo's Oil. He also directed The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer.

With Phillip Noyce, Miller co-produced and co-directed two acclaimed miniseries for Australian television: The Dismissal (1983) and The Cowra Breakout (1984).

Miller's role as producer of Flirting, Dead Calm and the TV mini-series Bangkok Hilton and Vietnam, all starring Nicole Kidman, was instrumental in the early development of her career.

Miller has said that he believes the new digital age of movies, exemplified by Happy Feet, is the most significant development in the film industry since the advent of sound. (UNSWorld, 2007 p. 15)

He spent 18 months in Sydney directing the computer-animated film Happy Feet, a musical epic about the life of penguins in Antarctica. The Warner Bros. produced film was released in November 2006, and is Australia's largest animated film project, with a crew of over 300 artists and technicians at the visual effects house Animal Logic. As well as being a runaway box office success, Happy Feet has also brought Miller his fourth Academy Award nomination, and his first win in the category of Best Animated Feature.

Miller has recently been confirmed by Warner Bros. as the director of Justice League Mortal, a large-scale superhero epic featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and a host of others. The film will reportedly showcase an elaborate blending of live-action, motion-capture, and CGI animation. But according to Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov, DC and Warner Bros. will be concentrating on solo films rather than a team-up.

He has also confirmed he will direct the fourth Mad Max film, known as Fury Road.

Taken from Wikipedia.

 




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