It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, and what better way to kick off the Straya Day long weekend than with the homegrown classic Mad Max.

“When the gangs take over the highways, remember he’s on your side.”

In 1979, George Miller’s savagely anarchic ode to the road detoured Australian cinema away from period dramas and on to dangerous and uncharted highways. Set “a few years from now”, and well before the post-apocalyptic milieu that has become synonymous with the name Mad Max, the original depicts a post-industrial rural Victoria where all manner of scum proliferate the highways, and a leather-clad police force attempt to keep the peace. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, Mad Max has endured remarkably well, thanks to Miller’s guerilla-style filmmaking, its iconic characters and intense action sequences.

Four reasons why Mad Max rocks:

1. The fantastic opening pursuit of the Nightrider.

2. The last of the V8 Interceptors.

3. Mel Gibson’s instant screen presence.

4. “This is Cundalini, and Cundalini wants his hand back!”

Buy now at JB Hi-Fi

Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.