Colin Gibson (production designer)

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Colin Gibson is an Australian production designer. He is known for his collaborations with George Miller, including Babe, Babe 2: Pig in the City, Happy Feet, Happy Feet Two, and Mad Max: Fury Road, the latter of which resulted in winning the Academy Award for Best Production Design and a AACTA Award. Gibson's other work includes The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, for which he shared a BAFTA award nomination with Owen Paterson.


Colin Gibson designed the bus for the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert[1] and all the vehicles in Mad Max: Fury Road.[2] He joined the production of the latter film in 2000, and first began building cars in 2003. The film soon entered development hell and did not resume production until 2011.[3] Director George Miller insisted that all the vehicles and props be fully functional, including a flame-throwing guitar that was played live.[4]


Year Organization Award Result Title Ref
1995 British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Award for Best Production Design Nominated The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert [5]
2015 Hollywood Film Awards Hollywood Production Design Award Won Mad Max: Fury Road [6]
2015 AACTA Awards AACTA Award for Best Production Design Won [7]
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Art Direction Won Mad Max: Fury Road [8]
2016 Academy Awards Academy Award for Best Production Design Won Mad Max: Fury Road [9]


  1. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (2015-06-17). "The Adventures of Priscilla – five things you didn't know about the Aussie hit". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  2. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (2015-06-03). "Mad Max: Fury Road: meet the Aussies behind the wheel of Furiosa's War Rig". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  3. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (2015-05-13). "Here's how the insane vehicles were created in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  4. ^ Zalben, Alex (2015-05-15). "That Insane 'Mad Max' Flame-Throwing Guitar Is No CGI Trick — Here's How They Actually Made It". MTV. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  5. ^ "Film in 1995". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  6. ^ Feinberg, Scott (2015-10-05). "Hollywood Film Awards: Honors Going to 'Furious 7,' 'Amy,' More (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  7. ^ Maddox, Gary (2015-11-30). "AACTA Awards 2015: first round goes to Mad Max: Fury Road". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  8. ^ "Colin Gibson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  9. ^ "Oscars: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson Win Best Production Design for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 28, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.

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