George (Miliotis) Miller was born on March 3, 1945, in Chinchilla, Queensland to Greek immegrant parents. He is an Australian film and television screenwriter, film director and producer. He attended the Ipswich Grammar School.
George Miller was born to Dimitri (Jim) Castrisios Miliotis, origins from Kythera, and Envangalia (Angela) Balloyoulo. The Balloyoulo family were Greek refugees from Asia Minor, who anglicised their surname to Balson when they migrated to Australia. . The couple married and settled in Chinchilla and had 4 sons. The first two, non-identical twins were George and John, and later, Chris and Bill (Vassilli).
George served as an altar boy at the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George, Rose Bay. After high school he studied medicine at the University of New South Wales with his twin brother John. While in his final year at Med School, George and his younger brother Chris made a one minute short, that won them first prize in a student competition. In 1971, George attended a Film Workshop at Melbourne University where he met fellow student, Byron Kennedy. In 1972, Miller completed his residency at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, spending his time-off crewing on short experimental films. Miller formed an irrepressible bond with fellow film fanatic Byron Kennedy. The pair collaborated in numerious works since.
George wrote and directed the Mad Max movies starring Mel Gibson (Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome); co-wrote Babe and wrote and directed its sequel; and Lorenzo's Oil. He also directed The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer.
George Miller's role as producer of Flirting, Dead Calm and the TV mini-series Bangkok Hilton and Vietnam, all starring Nicole Kidman, was instrumental in the early development of her career.
As of February 2005, he is in Sydney, Australia directing the computer-animated film Happy Feet, a musical epic about the life of penguins in Antarctica. The Warner Brothers-produced film is due for release in mid-2006 and is expected to be Australia's largest ever animated film project, with a crew of over 300 artists and technicians.
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