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George Miller to head jury at Cannes 2016

Story by Jack Foley

AUSTRALIAN director George Miller is to head the jury at the upcoming 69th Cannes Film Festival.

This year’s event runs from May 11 to 22.

Miller, who was recently nominated for the best director Academy Award for his latest film Mad Max: Fury Road, was at Cannes last May when Fury Road screened as an official out-of-competition selection – winning rave reviews in the process and propelling it on its journey towards Oscar recognition.

In a statement, an over the moon Miller described his appointment as “an unmitigated delight”!

The 70-year-old added: “To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honour. I’ll be there with bells on!”

In a separate statement, the festival’s organisers said: “The 2016 Festival de Cannes is all set to welcome a big-hearted film lover and a great human being.”

Born in Queensland, Australia, Miller launched his feature directing career in 1979 with the original Mad Max road movie, which also catapult its leading man, Mel Gibson, to superstar status.

That film was followed by the three sequels Miller directed, 1981’s >I>The Road Warrior, 1985’s Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and last year’s Fury Road, which collected a total of 10 Oscar nominations – including another for Best Picture – and grossed $375.8 million worldwide.

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