Mad Max, accented English, and same-language dubbing

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Interrogating the much overlooked language politics of the global mediascape, this chapter explores the role of voice and accent in Australian cult classic film Mad Max (Miller, 1979) by focusing on its dubbing into American English by US distributor American International Pictures. This instance of same-language, English-to-English dubbing exposes the entrenched cultural and language inequalities that affect global exhibition and distribution practices. The chapter argues for an expanded notion of 'accented cinema' (Naficy 2001) that relates as much to intercultural reception and distribution as to processes of production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocating the Voice in Film:
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Approaches and Global Practices
EditorsTom Whittaker, Sarah Wright
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780190646851
ISBN (Print)9780190261139
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2017


  • Australian Cinema
  • Dubbing
  • Accent
  • national identity
  • Mad Max

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Dwyer, T. (2017). Mad Max, accented English, and same-language dubbing. In T. Whittaker, & S. Wright (Eds.), Locating the Voice in Film: Critical Approaches and Global Practices (pp. 137-155). [8] Oxford University Press.