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Born: August 21, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, AU Profession: Director ...
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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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