• Mick BroderickEmail author
  • Katie Ellis


Conventional film scholarship has largely eschewed the analysis of screen texts from psychiatric and cognitivist approaches to traumatic representation. This chapter considers the convergence of emerging research into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that challenges notions of psychotic behaviour (auditory, verbal and/or visual hallucinations—AVH) as aberrant amongst general PTSD sufferers. It aligns these findings with the recent global release of George Miller’s rebooted Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). By undertaking a close textual reading of key film sequences, with reference to the broader narrative, film trauma scholarship and Fury Road’s antecedents, this chapter suggests that this latest version of the Mad Max series strongly conforms to the new paradigms of PTSD symptomology.


Fury Road Trauma PTSD Hallucination Psychosis Madness Flashbacks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ArtsMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  2. 2.School of Media, Creative Arts and Social InquiryCurtin University of TechnologyPerthAustralia

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