George Ogilvie, Co-Director of ‘Mad Max Thunderdome,’ Dies at 89


George Ogilvie, who co-directed on the third Mad Max movie, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” together with George Miller, and led Russell Crowe in his movie display screen debut in “The Crossing,” has died in Australia. He was 89.

For the 1985 “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Ogilvie centered on working with the cast on dialogue and dramatization whereas co-director Miller centered on the motion sequences. He had beforehand labored with “Mad Max” star Mel Gibson within the Nimrod Theatre Company’s “Death of a Salesman.”

Ogilvie guided a then 26-year-old Russell Crowe via his first function movie within the 1990 Australian coming-of-age drama, “The Crossing.” 

“Oh I just love him,” mentioned Ogilvie of Crowe in a 2016 interview with The Sunday Morning Herald. “He was a force. He worked hard, but he did expect everyone around him to work hard as well.”

Ogilvie was born in 1931 as a twin to Scottish dad and mom in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. He started his profession as an actor and when he was 20, he left residence to check at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He later returned to his residence nation in 1954, the place he started to discover directing, however later returned to Europe, learning with French mime Jacques Lecoq in Paris. 

After encouragement from fellow director John Sumner, Ogilvie once more returned to Australia to turn into the inventive director at the Melbourne Theatre Company. He labored at the theater for six years and directed 23 performs, profitable the Melbourne Theatre Critic’s award for finest director on three events. 

Ogilvie additionally labored in tv for 20 years, the place he assisted within the rising recognition of the 1983 political saga “The Dismissal.”

Ogilvie was honored by the Australian Film Institute in 1988, receiving the distinguished Byron Kennedy Award. He revealed his memoirs, entitled “Simple Gifts: A Life in the Theatre” in 2006.

Crowe took to Twitter to recollect the director and “gifted teacher.”


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