Date of Birth: Aug 21, 1944
Biography: Director Peter Weir made his name in the Australian New Wave cinema of the 70s and 80s, particularly with Picnic at Hanging Rock and Gallipoli. He soon moved onto Hollywood, helming massive successes like The Dead Poets Society and Master and Commander. His films are highly varied, but recurring themes include characters in strange, unfamiliar situations, and the clashes between cultures.
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The Plumber (1979)
- TV Movie
Summary: In Adelaide, the wife of Dr. Brian Cowper, Jill Cowper, is developing her thesis at home to finish her Master in Anthropology. When the plumber Max unexpectedly arrives for a routine check and maintenance of the piping in the bathroom, Jill stays alone at home with the talkative weird stranger... (imdb)
Green Card (1990)
Summary: A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that. (imdb)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Summary: An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build an ice factory in the middle of the jungle... (imdb)
Summary: Guests arrive at an expensive private guest house on a remote island near Sydney, to partake in some strange activities.
The Way Back (2010)
Summary: After narrowly escaping from a wretched World War II Siberian labor camp, a small band of multinational soldiers desperately undertakes a harrowing journey to traverse the arctic steppes, Gobi Desert and Himalayas on foot. Directed by Peter Weir, this exciting drama about courage and endurance -- based on a true story
Three Directions in Pop Music (1972)
- Short Film
Summary: This is an interesting snapshot of some Australian music artists of the early seventies, all quite different in styles. The first artist featured is Wendy Saddington and Teardrop, who combined an element of mime with their music. The second featured artist is jug music band The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band. Third is the heavier and psychedelic rock music of Indelible Murtceps.
Incredible Floridas (1972)
- Short Film
Summary: This short film documents Australian composer Richard Meale's homage to the young French poet, Arthur Rimbaud. Meale composed a music piece for woodwind, percussion and strings which he titled "Incredible Floridas". This music is based on the poetry of the Frenchman, which many may find a little obscure.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Summary: Guy Hamilton is a journalist on his first job as a foreign correspondent. His apparently humdrum assignment to Indonesia soon turns hot as President Sukarno electrifies the populace and frightens foreign powers (imdb)
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
Summary: The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy. (imdb)
The Truman Show (1998)
Summary: Twenty-nine years ago, a baby boy was adopted by the OmniCam Corporation to become the subject of the most popular television show of all time. His name is Truman Burbank.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Summary: Based on author Patrick O'Brian's series of Aubrey/Maturin novels, the film is set during the Napoleonic Wars. Crowe is Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, renowned as a fighting captain in the British Navy, and Bettany is ship's doctor Stephen Maturin. Their ship, the H.M.S. Surprise, is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy. (20th Century Fox)
The Last Wave (1977)
Summary: A Sydney lawyer has more to worry about than higher-than-average rainfall when he is called upon to defend five Aboriginals in court. Determined to break their silence and discover the truth behind the hidden society he suspects lives in his city, the Lawyer is drawn further, and more intimately, into a prophesy that threatens a new Armageddon, wherein all the continent shall drown. (imdb)
Summary: Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (imdb)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Summary: "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is a story about the disappearance of several Appleyard College students, and a teacher, from Hanging Rock. (imdb)
Summary: San Francisco architect Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) miraculously survives a plane crash and emerges a changed man. When Max's bizarre behavior alienates his wife (Isabella Rossellini) and son, airline psychiatrist Bill Perlman (John Turturro) puts Max in touch with guilt-ridden fellow crash survivor Carla Rodrigo (Rosie Perez), who lost her 2-year-old in the disaster. Working together, can Max and Carla find their way back to emotional equilibrium?
Summary: A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. (imdb)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Summary: Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each, in their own way, does this, and are changed for life. (imdb)