Five of Australia's most celebrated film directors honoured as living legends

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Five of Australia’s most celebrated filmmakers including Mad Max creator George Miller and director Baz Luhrmann to feature on a series of new postage stamps

Five of Australia’s most celebrated filmmakers will feature on a series of new postage stamps in honour of their achievements.

George Miller, Gillian Armstrong, Baz Luhrmann, Peter Weir and Warwick Thornton have been recognised in the Australia Post Legends Awards. 

Each of the winners will be presented with a 24-carat gold replica of the stamp they feature on.  

Legends: Five of Australia's most celebrated filmmakers will feature on a series of new postage stamps in honour of their achievements including,George Miller, who is pictured on set directing Mad Max Fury Road

Legends: Five of Australia’s most celebrated filmmakers will feature on a series of new postage stamps in honour of their achievements including,George Miller, who is pictured on set directing Mad Max Fury Road

Hitmaker: Pictured is the stamp celebrating George Miller, who is famous for the hugely successful Mad Max movies

Hitmaker: Pictured is the stamp celebrating George Miller, who is famous for the hugely successful Mad Max movies

‘Each year since 1997, we’ve celebrated living Australians who have made a unique contribution to the Australian way of life,’ Australia Post Group philatelic manager Michael Zsolt told Inside Film.  

Past winners of Australia Post’s Legends include Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.  

The group of filmmakers being honoured this year have produced between them some of Australia’s most awarded and successful film and television, including Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, Miller’s Oscar winner Fury Road and Thornton’s Mystery Road. 

Excited: Gillian Armstrong, 71, whose very first film, My Brilliant Career, became an instant classic in 1971, said she was thrilled to win the prize

Excited: Gillian Armstrong, 71, whose very first film, My Brilliant Career, became an instant classic in 1971, said she was thrilled to win the prize 

‘The films created by our 2022 Legends all tell powerful stories that connect strongly with Australian audiences,’ Zsolt said.

Gillian Armstrong, 71, whose very first film, My Brilliant Career, became an instant classic in 1971, said she was thrilled to win the prize.

‘It’s wonderful that our film directors are being recognised for the powerfully unique and heartfelt Australian stories we make,’ Armstrong said. 

Armstrong, who grew up in suburban Melbourne in the 1950s and 1960s, said she used to collect stamps as a child because she liked ‘the little pictures.’

Style king: Pictured is the stamp honouring Baz Luhrmann, one of Australia's most successful director whose films include the top grossing Strictly Ballroom

Style king: Pictured is the stamp honouring Baz Luhrmann, one of Australia’s most successful director whose films include the top grossing Strictly Ballroom

She added: ‘It feel particularly full circle to be honoured in this way.’

Peter Weir, 77, who like Miller and Armstrong started his feature filmmaking career in the 1970s is best known for the 1981 classic Gallipoli with Mel Gibson and the Dead Poet’s Society starring the late Robin Williams.

The 2022 Australian Legends of Filmmaking is now on sale. 

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