Peter Weir

Director, Screenwriter, Cameraman
Having risen from the Australian film renaissance of the late 1970s to international prominence, writer-director Peter Weir displayed in his films an ability to portray the imminent disruption of the rational world by ... Read more »
Born: 08/20/1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, AU

Filmography

Director (16)

The Way Back 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Wave 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mosquito Coast 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Witness 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Gallipoli 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Plumber 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Picnic At Hanging Rock 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cars That Ate Paris 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Whatever Happened to Green Valley 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Three to Go 1971 (Movie)

("Michael") (Director)
Writer (9)

The Way Back 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Wave 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Plumber 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cars That Ate Paris 1973 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Cars That Ate Paris 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Three to Go 1971 (Movie)

("Michael") (Screenplay)
Producer (3)

The Way Back 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The World's Best Beaches 2 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Camera
Actor (1)

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Gallipoli 1981 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

Having risen from the Australian film renaissance of the late 1970s to international prominence, writer-director Peter Weir displayed in his films an ability to portray the imminent disruption of the rational world by irrational forces hovering just beyond mundane lives. His reputation as the most stylish of the new Australian directors of that time was built on his charting of that country's landscape and cultural oddities with a sense of wonder. Weir emerged onto the scene with two wildly divergent films, "The Cars That Ate Paris" (1974) and "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (1975) that were linked by the common theme of older values butting against newer values. The director soon stepped onto the international stage with two of his best films, "Gallipoli" (1981) and "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), both of which starred Mel Gibson. With the attention he received from both films, Weir transitioned to Hollywood filmmaking with "Witness" (1985), arguably one of the best romantic thrillers ever made. After directing that film's star, Harrison Ford, to a career-topping performance in "The Mosquito Coast" (1986), Weir drew from his boarding school days for the compelling, if emotionally manipulative "Dead Poet's Society" (1989). As his reputation for compelling dramatic work grew, Weir made less features over the years, amounting to about two per decade. He had great critical and financial successes with two later films, "The Truman Show" (1998) and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003), which amounted to half his output since the late 1980s. Regardless of his limited contributions, Weir remained one of the most daring directors working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Peggy Weir

Mother

Wendy Weir Other

Wife
Married in 1966 worked on most of Weir's films

Lindsay Weir

Father

Ingrid Weir

Daughter
Born in 1973 mother, Wendy Weir

Julien Weir

Son
Born in 1977 mother, Wendy Weir

EDUCATION

University of Sydney

Sydney , New South Wales
Studied art and law before dropping out at age 19

The Scots College

Sydney , New South Wales

Milestones

2010

Returned to directing with "The Way Back," a film about a group of prisoners who escaped from a Siberian gulag during World War II

2003

Directed "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," an adaptation of Patrick O'Brian's series of action-adventure novels; earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Screenplay; nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstan

1998

Directed Jim Carrey in rare dramatic role in "The Truman Show"; received a Best Director Oscar nomination

1993

Directed "Fearless," starring Jeff Bridges as a man who believes he has become invincible after surviving a catastrophic air crash

1990

Directed Gérard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell in the romantic comedy, "Green Card"; earned third Oscar nomination for his Original Screenplay

1989

Had major international success with "Dead Poets Society," starring Robin Williams in a dramatic role; earned second Oscar nomination for Best Director

1986

Again collaborated with Ford for "The Mosquito Coast," Paul Schrader's adaptation of Paul Theroux's novel

1985

First American film was the successful thriller, "Witness"; first collaboration with Harrison Ford; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Director

1982

Re-teamed with Gibson for "The Year of Living Dangerously"

1981

Earned international praise with the Australian hit, "Gallipoli"; first screen collaboration with Mel Gibson

1979

Wrote and directed the offbeat low-budget telemovie, "The Plumber"

1975

Major feature breakthrough was "Picnic at Hanging Rock," the Australian film based on the novel by Joan Lindsay

1974

Directed and co-wrote his first feature film, the underground cult classic "The Cars That Ate Paris"

1970

Made his first major independent film, the short feature "Homesdale"

1969

Directed the 30-minute segment "Michael" of the three-part, three-director feature film "Three To Go"

1968

Made several documentaries while working for the Commonwealth Film Institute (now Film Australia)

1968

Directed and acted in his second short film, "The Life and Flight of the Reverend Buckshotte"

1967

Directed first short film, "Count Vim's Last Exercise"

1967

Joined Sydney television station ATN-7, where he worked as a production assistant

Bonus Trivia

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Various sources list Mr. Weir's date of birth as June 21, August 8 and August 21.

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