John Duigan

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
A leading member of the new wave of Australian filmmakers, John Duigan (pronounced DY-gan) has been a prolific director who also wrote the screenplays for his works and often explored coming-of-age and post ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1949 in Hampshire, England, GB

Filmography

Director (21)

Careless Love 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Head in the Clouds 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Parole Officer 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Paranoid 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Molly 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Lawn Dogs 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Leading Man 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Journey of August King 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Sirens 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Wide Sargasso Sea 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Flirting 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Romero 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Year My Voice Broke 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

One Night Stand 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Far East 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Winter of Our Dreams 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Dimboola 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Mouth to Mouth 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Trespassers 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Firm Man 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Room to Move (TV Show)

Director
Writer (12)

Careless Love 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Head in the Clouds 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paranoid 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sirens 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Flirting 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Year My Voice Broke 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One Night Stand 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Far East 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Winter of Our Dreams 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mouth to Mouth 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Trespassers 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Firm Man 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

Careless Love 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mouth to Mouth 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Trespassers 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Firm Man 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Sirens 1994 (Movie)

Earnest Minister (Actor)

Dalmas 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A leading member of the new wave of Australian filmmakers, John Duigan (pronounced DY-gan) has been a prolific director who also wrote the screenplays for his works and often explored coming-of-age and post Vietnam/1960s themes. His films have often been cited for their sociological themes, particularly their interpersonal relationships and their focus on the outsider attempting to assimilate.

Relationships

Rhoisin Beresford

Sister
married to director Bruce Beresford wrote "The Leading Man" (1997)

EDUCATION

University of Melbourne

began acting professionally; served as president of Melbourne University Student Theatre and co-edited Melbourne University Magazine

University of Melbourne

began acting professionally; served as president of Melbourne University Student Theatre and co-edited Melbourne University Magazine

University of Melbourne

Milestones

2004

Helmed the romantic drama "Head in the Clouds" starring Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz and Stuart Townsend

2001

Helmed the comedy "The Parole Officer"

1999

Directed "Molly", a distaff version of the 1960s film "Charly" starring Elisabeth Shue

1997

Helmed sister Virginia's script "The Leading Man"

1994

Directed the art-house hit "Sirens"

1993

Helmed "Wide Sargasso Sea", a prequel to "Jane Eyre"

1989

American directorial debut, "Romero"

1988

Published second novel, "Players"

1987

Wrote and produced episodes of miniseries "Vietnam"

1987

Won critical acclaim for "The Year My Voice Broke"

1987

Wrote and directed Wonderworks special, "Room to Move"

1983

Began association with Kennedy Miller Films

1981

"The Winter of Our Dreams" released; first film with wide American distribution

1974

Published first novel, "Badge"

1974

Directed and wrote first film, "The Firm Man"

1959

Moved with family to Malaya (date approximate)

Moved with family to Sydney, Australia; attended boarding school

While university student, acted professionally on stage and in seven films; served as president of the Melbourne University Student Theatre; co-edited the Melbourne University Magazine

Born in England; father had served in RAF during WWII and remained in England after the war

Taught at University of Melbourne and Latrobe University

Bonus Trivia

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Director Bruce Beresford is married to Duigan's sister.

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"What distinguishes his best films is his acute observations of young people. He seems to have an extraordinary insight into teenagers, which is difficult, because teen culture changes so much. I'm surprised that he's not better known internationally, but he's very unassuming and self-effacing" --Bruce Beresford on Duigan in The New York Times, November 6, 1992.

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"As an actor I was rather self-indulgent, and I needed more help than I got. So I thought I'd try my hand at doing something myself, and I was able to get a very small grant and started off doing experimental films." --Duigan quoted in The New York Times, November 6, 1992.

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"They're not mainstream subjects generally. They don't have car chases or heroes in the Stallone or Eastwood mold, or the triumph of a competition. I'm more interested in the interaction between an individual and society, and moral questions of individual responsibility. They usually have enigmatic endings. The question mark is still there. In that respect they're lifelike." --Duigan in The New York Times, November 6, 1992.

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