Three Thousand Years of Longing is George Miller’s follow-up project to 2015’s Academy Award nominated film, Mad Max: Fury Road. This is a story centered on storytelling, the allure and escapism of storytelling, how we are storytelling creatures who better shape our understanding of the world and one another through the fables and lessons we impart.

It’s simultaneously a two-hander with Tilda Swinton as a buttoned-down academic named Alithea who discoveres Idris Elba’s genie (called a djinn in the film) in a bottle. Elba’s Djinn has a centuries-old desire to grant Alithea three wishes which will deliver freedom to this Djinn. Alithea proves to be a tough sale when it comes to engaging in wish-making, asking for details on the Djinn’s past experiences.

The Djinn explains his past experiences granting wishes, through a series of morality tale vignettes about the ironic complications from other wish-granters in ancient stories.

George Miller’s sense of whimsy and visual wonder is alive and well, with the movie being a constant delight for the senses, and playful enough to find ways to continuously surprise. The Djinn’s stories are paired with production design by Roger For, who is a lock for an Oscar nomination.

What emerges is a love story that feels bursting at the seams, drafting off the power of the other mini-stories that have been spreading their wings to form a larger foundation of yearning. It’s a smaller, more personal movie, but spending a couple hours with Elba and Swinton rolling along with the strange and beautiful imagination of Miller is enough to entertainment cinephiles. General audiences should steer clear of this one, and they’ll likely partake in a second or third viewing of Top Gun Maverick.

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Founder, Awards Editor

Byron is the Awards Editor and Founder of Awards Focus, in addition to being a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award winning journalist for his work at The Hollywood Reporter.

Working as a journalist and moderator, Byron hosts Emmy and Oscar panels for the major studios, featuring their Below The Line and Above The Line nominees (in partnership with their respective guilds).

Moderating highlights include Ingle Dodd's Behind the Slate Screening Series for Emmy and Oscar nominees, The ArcLight's Hitting the High Note Oscar series, The Hollywood Music and Media Academy FYC Series, and Emmy & Oscar panels for Society of Lyricists and Composers.

Byron's panels range from FX's Fargo to Netflix's The Crown, The Queen's Gambit, & Bridgerton; HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Hacks, Succession, Insecure, Lovecraft Country & The White Lotus; and the Apple TV + hit series Ted Lasso.

In February of 2020, Byron hosted and organized the Aiding Australia Initiative; launched to assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of Australia's wildlife (an estimated 3 billion animals killed or maimed and a landmass the size of Syria decimated).

Participating talent for Aiding Australia includes Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jeremy Renner, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Josh Brolin, Bryan Cranston, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, JK Simmons, Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Danny Elfman, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Tim Allen, Colin Hay, Drew Struzan, and Michael Rosenbaum.

Byron is also a patent holding inventor, screenwriter, and songwriter (X-Men Apocalypse) in addition to being a proud member of The Society of Lyricists & Composers and BMI.

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