“They say people don’t believe in heroes anymore. Well damn them ! You and me, MAX, we’re gonna give them back their heroes !”
It is true to say that the worldwide advertising poster campaign for George Miller’s 1979 cinematic ‘game changer’ “Mad Max” is special and presented here this original country of origin Australian release one-sheet film poster is no exception. Mel Gibson as ‘Max’ takes centre stage as black and white imagery is offset against a burnt orange background. It is a fantastic looking striking poster with a country unique design perfectly suited to the portrait format of the one-sheet. This orange version is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of Mad Max film posters. When the movie was first released, they did not know it would be a big hit, and one-sheets with a predominantly purple background were printed and used. But more cinemas wanted to show the movie than there were posters, so an additional print run of one-sheets with a predominantly orange background were printed, but that print run is believed to have been limited to 75 to 100 one-sheets and each one is slightly different from the other. The orange varies in color from one poster to the next and how much of the poster has orange on it varies as well. Some informed collectors say that this orange poster was printed by the M.A.P.S. employees in the middle of the night, and there are others who think that the orange poster predates the purple one. After the movie continued to be hugely successful, a new one-sheet with a predominantly blue background was created (also available), and all three color versions are extremely desired by collectors, but this ‘orange’ style is the most desired of the country of origin one-sheets, which due to the limited number printed, rarely comes up for sale. This example presents to an a very high standard with the minimal of handling wear. Originally folded (as issued) this standout piece has deep, vibrant orange colour and stunning memorable imagery. An extremely collectable and rare film poster from one of the most genre defining Film’s ever made.
Trivia: Mel Gibson didn’t go to the audition for this film to read for a part, he actually went along with his sister, who was auditioning. But because he had been in a bar fight the night before, and his head looked like “a black and blue pumpkin” (his words), he was told he could come back and audition in three week’s time because, “we need freaks!” He did return in three weeks’ time, wasn’t recognized (because his injuries had healed well), and was asked to read for a part.…more detail
26.75″ x 40.25″ (68 x 102 cm), Orange Style, Australian One-Sheet / Single Sided
Very Fine-Very Fine Plus / Originally Folded (as issued)
Geoff Parry, Hugh Keays-Byrne,, Joanne Samuel, Mel Gibson, Michael Preston, Steve Bisley