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Also Known As: John Lawless Duigan Died:
Born: June 19, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hampshire, England, GB Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, novelist, teacher

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Head in the Clouds (2004) Director
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  Parole Officer, The (2001) Director
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  Paranoid (2000) Director
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  Molly (1999) Director
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  Lawn Dogs (1997) Director
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  Leading Man, The (1996) Director
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  Wide Sargasso Sea (1993) Director
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  Sirens (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Sirens (1993) Earnest Minister
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 Dalmas (1985)
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Born in England; father had served in RAF during WWII and remained in England after the war
1959:
Moved with family to Malaya (date approximate)
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Moved with family to Sydney, Australia; attended boarding school
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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
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Taught at University of Melbourne and Latrobe University
1974:
Directed and wrote first film, "The Firm Man"
1974:
Published first novel, "Badge"
1981:
"The Winter of Our Dreams" released; first film with wide American distribution
1983:
Began association with Kennedy Miller Films
1987:
Won critical acclaim for "The Year My Voice Broke"
1987:
Wrote and directed Wonderworks special, "Room to Move"
1987:
Wrote and produced episodes of miniseries "Vietnam"
1988:
Published second novel, "Players"
1989:
American directorial debut, "Romero"
1993:
Helmed "Wide Sargasso Sea", a prequel to "Jane Eyre"
1994:
Directed the art-house hit "Sirens"
1997:
Helmed sister Virginia's script "The Leading Man"
1999:
Directed "Molly", a distaff version of the 1960s film "Charly" starring Elisabeth Shue
2001:
Helmed the comedy "The Parole Officer"
2004:
Helmed the romantic drama "Head in the Clouds" starring Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz and Stuart Townsend
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Education

University of Melbourne: -
University of Melbourne: -
University of Melbourne: -

Notes

Director Bruce Beresford is married to Duigan's sister.

"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.

"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.

"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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sister:
Rhoisin Beresford. Screenwriter. Married to director Bruce Beresford; wrote "The Leading Man" (1997).

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"Badge" MacMillan
"Players"
"Room to Move"

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