They say people don’t believe in heroes anymore (part 1)

We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die
                  - W H Auden

Charlie Therou in Mad Max.

[ Publisher’s Note: Strangely, I remember a London film critic once claiming that Mad Max III was the greatest movie of all time. I went down to the New Farm Village Twin cinema to find out what the fuss was all about. Here is hoping we can say ‘Goodbye to all that‘. Thnx to Robert Graves and Andy Paine. Ian Curr, June 2015].

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In the first Mad Max movie, there is that classic scene where Max is trying to quit the police force. Fifi tries to convince him to stay by telling him of the need for heroes. “They say people don’t believe in heroes anymore. Well damn them Max, we’re gonna give them heroes.”

Two massive, hard to avoid advertising campaigns have recently reminded me of this scene. The sight of Charlize Theron’s dirt-smudged face looking out from bus stops around the city tells me that Mad Max is back, while the government’s $330 million remembrance campaign for the centenary of the Gallipoli landing makes me think that somebody still thinks that the people need a hero.

The concept of heroes is interesting. On one hand you could see the proliferation of heroes as a response to our own shortcomings – unable to accomplish the things we wish we could, we love…

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