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Hollywood Director (03:36)


Many people view Peter Weir as Australia's greatest director. He is intelligent and modest, and views film as poetry; see clips of several of his films.

Weir's Background (03:36)

Weir is born in Sydney, Australia. He attends boarding schools, briefly works in real estate, begins working in television, and makes documentaries before directing the independent feature "Homesdale."

Weir's Early Films (05:40)

Weir directs the 1974 comedy horror "The Cars That Ate Paris." His book adaptation, "Picnic at Hanging Rock" marks the beginning of the Australian New Wave.

"The Last Wave" (08:09)

Weir directs the 1977 mystery set in present-day Sydney, Australia. He follows the film with "The Plumber" and "Gallipoli," gaining international attention. He releases "The Year of Living Dangerously" in 1982.

"Witness" (08:56)

The 1985 film is Weir's first Hollywood feature; it earns eight Oscar nominations. He directs Harrison Ford a second time in "The Mosquito Coast," but it is a commercial disappointment. Weir rebounds with "Dead Poets Society."

"Green Card" (08:02)

Weir co-writes and directs the 1990 romantic comedy starring Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell. He also directs "Fearless" and "The Truman Show," winning an Oscar nomination.

"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (06:17)

Weir releases the adventure epic starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany in 2003. Seven years later, he releases "The Way Back." Weir sees film as poetry.

Credits: Peter Weir (00:37)

Credits: Peter Weir

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Australian Director, Peter Weir, was born in August 1944. He was a leading figure in the Australian New Wave cinema movement (1970–1990), with films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), The Last Wave (1977) and the historical drama Gallipoli (1981). The climax of Weir's early career was the $6 million multi-national production The Year of Living Dangerously (1983). Weir then directed American and international film hits, including Academy Award-nominated Witness (1985) starring Harrison Ford, Dead Poets Society (1989), and the comedy-drama The Truman Show (1998).

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL205765

ISBN: 978-1-64867-798-4

Copyright date: ©2020

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