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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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