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Australian director PETER WEIR is renowned for such films as "Gallipoli," "Picnic at Hanging Rock," "The Year of Living Dangerously" and "Witness." Weir received an Academy Award® nomination in 1991 for the screenplay of his romantic comedy "Green Card," which starred French actor Gerard Depardieu (in his first English-speaking role) and Andie MacDowell. Weir's previous film, "Dead Poet's Society," a character drama starring Robin Williams as a joyously eccentric English teacher who inspires his students, earned the director an Academy Award® nomination for Best Director as well the prestigious BAFTA Award for Best Picture and Italy's Donatello Award for Best Direction.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Weir began his moviemaking career with three prize-winning short films before directing "The Cars That Ate Paris," an offbeat comedy-horror film based on his own short story. His first international motion picture success came in 1975 with "Picnic at Hanging Rock," which brought him widespread attention and became the most successful Australian film of the 1970s.

In 1977, Weir directed "The Last Wave," starring Richard Chamberlain as a lawyer haunted by recurring dreams. He then wrote and directed "The Plumber" (1978), an unusual black comedy made for television that won the Australian Sammy Award for best writer-television plays and best television play.

Weir's next film, "Gallipoli," the story of two Australian youths caught up in the idealistic fervor of World War I, swept the Australian Film Institute Awards and became a worldwide box office success. In 1983, Weir reunited with his "Gallipoli" star Mel Gibson for "The Year of Living Dangerously," in which he directed Gibson, Linda Hunt and Sigourney Weaver. Hunt won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her memorable work in the film.

In 1985, Weir directed Harrison Ford in "Witness," the haunting thriller in which a young Amish boy becomes a witness to a murder, sparking a clash of cultures within his community. The film received eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and a Best Direction nomination for Weir.

Weir's most recent work was "Fearless," a drama about people's varying reactions to tragedy and loss, which starred Jeff Bridges, Rosie Perez, Isabella Rossellini and John Turturro.

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