A Peter Weir Retrospective

Flickering Myth presents a detailed look at the work of internationally renowned Australian filmmaker Peter Weir…

Articles

Weir Did He Go? Flickering Myth Welcomes Back Peter Weir
Trevor Hogg introduces the Peter Weir Blogathon.

A Weir View: A Peter Weir Profile
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director Peter Weir in a two-part article from 2009.

Master and Commander: Peter Weir Returns with The Way Back
Trevor Hogg discusses the making of The Way Back.

Turning the Page – Peter Weir: A Creative Journey From Australia to Hollywood
Trevor Hogg reviews Peter Weir: A Creative Journey From Australia To Hollywood by Serena Formica.

Exclusive Interviews…

Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer Russell Boyd

Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer John Seale

Cutting Edge: A conversation with film editor Lee Smith

Image Conscious: A conversation with visual effects supervisor Nick Davis

Novel Thoughts: A conversation with author Serena Formica

Visualizing Emotion: John Seale talks about Peter Weir

The Weir Way: Russell Boyd and Lee Smith Talk About Peter Weir

Wizards of Oz: Peter James talks about Peter Weir and Bruce Beresford

Constructive Concepts: A conversation with production designer John Stoddart

Career Retrospective…

The Cars That Ate Paris, 1974.

Starring John Meillon, Terry Camilleri, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully, Max Gillies and Bruce Spence.

SYNOPSIS:

Residents in the mysterious Australian Outback town of Paris redirect passing traffic with the intention of creating automobile accidents. The wrecked vehicles are then sold for their parts, and the injured travelers are subjected to medical experiments; further mayhem ensues when the close-knit community decides to adopt an unscathed survivor.

Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975.

Starring Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse, Kirsty Child, Anne-Louise Lambert, Jacki Weaver and Tony Llewellyn-Jones.

SYNOPSIS:

At the turn of the twentieth century a group of Australian schoolgirls vanish upon entering a mysterious rock formation while picnicking on Valentine’s Day.

The Last Wave, 1977.

Starring Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow, Vivean Gray and Nandjiwarra Amagula.

SYNOPSIS:

An Australian attorney defends a group of aborigines who are charged with killing one of their own for violating a tribal taboo. As the murder case progresses, he becomes plagued by apocalyptic visions of water that entwine him with the prophetical beliefs of his clients.

Gallipoli, 1981

Starring Mark Lee, Mel Gibson, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, Charles Yunupingu and Heath Harris.

SYNOPSIS:

Gallipoli evolves around the growing relationship between two runners whose destiny with death takes them to the Turkish battlefield where thousands of Australian soldiers were slaughtered during WWI.

The Year of Living Dangerously, 1982.

Starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Murphy, Linda Hunt, Bill Kerr, Noel Ferrier and Bembol Roco.

SYNOPSIS:

In 1965, Indonesia is embroiled in a civil war between President Sukarno’s government and communist revolutionaries. Amidst the country’s social and political unrest, newly arrived Australian correspondent Guy Hamilton wanders aimlessly until he meets the enigmatic freelance cameraman and photographer Billy Kwan. When a piece of highly classified information is told in confidence to him, Hamilton must decide which is more important – the trust of his friends or the story of his career.

Witness, 1985.

Starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Jan Rubes, Danny Glover, Lukas Haas, Viggo Mortensen and Angus MacInnes.

SYNOPSIS:

Internal Affairs Det. John Book’s perfectly defined world of right and wrong is turned dangerously upside down when a young Amish boy identifies a fellow police officer as the murderer of his undercover protégé.

The Mosquito Coast, 1986.

Starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Andre Gregory, Conrad Roberts, Martha Plimpton and Dick O’Neill.

SYNOPSIS:

Inventor Allie Fox uproots his wife and children from the comfort of their New England home to start anew in the vast jungle wilderness of Honduras. Fox’s dream of getting away from civilization turns into a very real nightmare.

Dead Poets Society, 1989.

Starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Kurtwood Smith, Gale Hansen, Josh Charles, Dylan Kussman, Allelon Ruggiero, James Waterston and Norman Lloyd.

SYNOPSIS:

English Literature teacher John Keating runs afoul of conservative-minded administrators and parents at a prestigious New England prep school when he encourages his pupils to “Seize the day!”.

Green Card, 1990.

Starring Gérard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Gregg Edelman, Robert Prosky and Lois Smith.

SYNOPSIS:

A Frenchman in need of a green card and a single woman, who desperately wants an apartment for married couples only, embark on a marriage of convenience that transforms their relationship into one of mutual love.

Fearless, 1993.

Starring Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez, Tom Hulce, Benicio del Toro, John Turturro and Deirdre O’Connell.

SYNOPSIS:

Two airplane crash survivors react very differently to the traumatic event. Carla Rodrigo is catatonic over the lost of her baby, while Max Klein continuously pushes the boundaries between life and death. Through each other they are able to reconnect with the world.

The Truman Show, 1998.

Starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Brian Delate, Holland Taylor and Paul Giamatti.

SYNOPSIS:

Truman Burbank’s perfect world is thrown into turmoil when he unwittingly discovers that his life is being staged by a global television network.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, 2003.

Starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D’Arcy, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin and Max Pirkis.

SYNOPSIS:

An embattled British Naval Captain, Jack Aubrey, seeks revenge against an enemy French frigate during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Way Back, 2010.

Starring Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Dragoş Bucur and Gustaf Skarsgård.

SYNOPSIS:

A small group of multi-national prisoners escape from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and attempt an epic journey across five hostile countries.

External Links…

DGA Quarterly – DGA Interview: Peter Weir
IMDb – The Internet Movie Database page for Peter Weir
NY Times – Peter Weir Returns with ‘The Way Back’
The Peter Weir Cave – A splendid site devoted entirely to Peter Weir and his movies
The Playlist – The Films of Peter Weir: A Retrospective
Senses of Cinema – An in-depth article on the career of Peter Weir
The Wrap – Peter Weir: I Wouldn’t Go Into Film Today… Maybe TV
BAFTA – Peter Weir delivers the 2010 David Lean Lecture

The Wrap – Peter Weir: Why I Direct the Way I Do

Defiant Success – reviews of The Truman Show and Master and Commander: The Far side of the World

Your favourite Peter Weir movie is…

The Truman Show – 31% (117 votes)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – 14% (55 votes)
Dead Poets Society – 14% (52 votes)
Witness – 10% (37 votes)
Gallipoli – 7% (26 votes)
Picnic at Hanging Rock – 5% (20 votes)
The Way Back – 3% (14 votes)
Fearless – 2% (11 votes)
Green Card – 2% (10 votes)
The Last Wave – 2% (8 votes)
The Year of Living Dangerously – 2% (8 votes)
The Cars That Ate Paris – 1% (6 votes)
The Mosquito Coast – 1% (4 votes)

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