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Also Known As: Peter Lindsay Weir Died:
Born: August 21, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, AU Profession: director, screenwriter, stagehand, production designer, cameraman, actor, realtor

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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...

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.

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  Truman Show, The (1998) Director
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  Fearless (1993) Director
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  Green Card (1990) Director
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  Dead Poets Society (1989) Director
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  Mosquito Coast, The (1986) Director
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  Witness (1985) Director
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  Gallipoli (1981) Director

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 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, The (2004) Honoree (Passion In Film Award)
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1967:
Joined Sydney television station ATN-7, where he worked as a production assistant
1967:
Directed first short film, "Count Vim's Last Exercise"
1968:
Directed and acted in his second short film, "The Life and Flight of the Reverend Buckshotte"
1969:
Made several documentaries while working for the Commonwealth Film Institute (now Film Australia)
1970:
Directed the 30-minute segment "Michael" of the three-part, three-director feature film "Three To Go"
1971:
Made his first major independent film, the short feature "Homesdale"
1974:
Directed and co-wrote his first feature film, the underground cult classic "The Cars That Ate Paris"
1975:
Major feature breakthrough was "Picnic at Hanging Rock," the Australian film based on the novel by Joan Lindsay
1979:
Wrote and directed the offbeat low-budget telemovie, "The Plumber"
1981:
Earned international praise with the Australian hit, "Gallipoli"; first screen collaboration with Mel Gibson
1982:
Re-teamed with Gibson for "The Year of Living Dangerously"
1985:
First American film was the successful thriller, "Witness"; first collaboration with Harrison Ford; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Director
1986:
Again collaborated with Ford for "The Mosquito Coast," Paul Schrader's adaptation of Paul Theroux's novel
1989:
Had major international success with "Dead Poets Society," starring Robin Williams in a dramatic role; earned second Oscar nomination for Best Director
1990:
Directed GĂ©rard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell in the romantic comedy, "Green Card"; earned third Oscar nomination for his Original Screenplay
1993:
Directed "Fearless," starring Jeff Bridges as a man who believes he has become invincible after surviving a catastrophic air crash
1998:
Directed Jim Carrey in rare dramatic role in "The Truman Show"; received a Best Director Oscar nomination
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 Outstanding Directorial Achievement; received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director
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
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Education

The Scots College: Sydney , New South Wales -
University of Sydney: Sydney , New South Wales -

Notes

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

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wife:
Wendy Sites. Production designer. Married 1966; two children together; has worked on most of Weir's films.

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father:
Lindsay Weir. Real estate agent.
mother:
Peggy Weir.
daughter:
Ingrid Weir. Production assistant. Born in 1973; mother Wendy Sites.
son:
Julien Weir. Born in 1977; mother Wendy Sites.
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