Magazine article Screen International

Awards Season: Best Picture

Magazine article Screen International

Awards Season: Best Picture

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The grit and the glory

The features in this week's Awards Countdown take us deeper into the worlds of four leading contenders. They reveal the work that has gone on, often for years, sometimes for decades, to bring these stories to the screen.

Australian director George Miller was brooding on what a fourth Mad Max film would look like back in 1997. By the start of the new millennium, Mel Gibson was set to appear in the film, which was ready to go with 20th Century Fox. But following 9/11, the US dollar collapsed against the value of the Australian dollar and the plug was pulled. Many years later, Miller found a new Max in Tom Hardy, who captured Gibson's charisma, and with Charlize Theron as Furiosa had a pairing impressive enough to convince Warner Bros to return to the Wasteland.

Similarly, producer Elizabeth Karlsen first became interested in Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price Of Salt, with a view to making it into a film, Carol, back in 2001. Here, she details in her own words the moments of serendipity that brought director Todd Haynes on board and attracted actors Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett.

The journalists on the investigative reporting team at The Boston Globe know all about the hard graftof researching and crafting a vital, once-in-a-liftetime story. …

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