The last piece of White Night Reimagined (a re-tooled version of Melbourne’s annual late-night light festival) has just been announced. Australian director George Miller’s wild, high-octane film spectacular Mad Max: Fury Road will tear through the Carlton Gardens in a world-first presentation.
Mad Max’s post-apocalyptic world will be brought to life with film footage projection-mapped onto the Royal Exhibition Building, live performance, special effects and music.
“The opportunity to bring this iconic Australian story to life in the multidimensional world of live performance and projection has been the highlight of my curation of this event – and is sure to be one of the highlights for audiences,” says White Night: Reimagined artistic director David Atkins in a statement.
Upon release in 2015, the film – starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron – was praised for its strong female leads, stunning production design, relentless action and its ability to hold an audience with a virtually dialogue-free screenplay. It’s frequently cited as one of the best films of the decade on critics’ lists.
The presentation will run for 15 minutes at multiple times during White Night Reimagined’s three-night 2019 run. Exact times are yet to be confirmed.
White Night Reimagined is spread over three “realms” this year: Birrarung Marr, Treasury Gardens and Carlton Gardens, which will become the Spiritual Realm. In the gardens, you’ll also find The Guardian – a 10-metre-long lion that will weave between trees illuminated with stories celebrating Australia’s First Peoples.
White Night Reimagined will run from August 22 to 24.