Peter Weir

Peter Lindsay Weir, AM is an Australian film director. After playing a leading role in the Australian New Wave cinema with his films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave and Gallipoli, Weir directed a diverse group of American and international films—many of them major box office hits—including the Academy Award nominees Witness, Dead Poets Society, Green Card, The Truman Show and Master and Commander.

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Dead Poets Society (1989)

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At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Gale Hansen

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Gale Hansen

Fearless (1993)

After a terrible air disaster, survivor Max Klein emerges a changed person. Unable to connect to his former life or to wife Laura, he feels godlike and invulnerable. When psychologist Bill Perlman is unable to help Max, he has Max meet another survivor, Carla ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Isabella Rossellini  •  Rosie Perez  •  Tom Hulce

After a terrible air disaster, survivor Max Klein emerges a changed person. Unable to connect to his former life or to wife Laura, he feels godlike and invulnerable. When psychologist Bill Perlman is unable to help Max, he has Max meet another survivor, Carla ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Isabella Rossellini  •  Rosie Perez  •  Tom Hulce

Gallipoli (1981)

As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Mark Lee  •  Bill Kerr  •  Gerda Nicolson

As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Mark Lee  •  Bill Kerr  •  Gerda Nicolson

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

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After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Paul Bettany  •  James D'Arcy  •  Billy Boyd

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Paul Bettany  •  James D'Arcy  •  Billy Boyd

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

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In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Vivean Gray  •  Helen Morse  •  Kirsty Child  •  Jacki Weaver

In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Vivean Gray  •  Helen Morse  •  Kirsty Child  •  Jacki Weaver

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

After the death of his brother on the road, unemployed and unstable drifter Arthur Waldo stays for a while in the rural Australian town of Paris as the guest of the mayor, who hopes he will become a permanent member of the Paris population. Arthur soon realizes the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  John Meillon  •  Terry Camilleri  •  Kevin Miles  •  Max Gillies

After the death of his brother on the road, unemployed and unstable drifter Arthur Waldo stays for a while in the rural Australian town of Paris as the guest of the mayor, who hopes he will become a permanent member of the Paris population. Arthur soon realizes the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  John Meillon  •  Terry Camilleri  •  Kevin Miles  •  Max Gillies

The Last Wave (1977)

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Australian lawyer David Burton agrees with reluctance to defend a group of Aboriginal people charged with murdering one of their own. He suspects the victim was targeted for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Burton, plagued ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Richard Chamberlain  •  Olivia Hamnett  •  David Gulpilil  •  Frederick Parslow

Australian lawyer David Burton agrees with reluctance to defend a group of Aboriginal people charged with murdering one of their own. He suspects the victim was targeted for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Burton, plagued ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Richard Chamberlain  •  Olivia Hamnett  •  David Gulpilil  •  Frederick Parslow

The Truman Show (1998)

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Truman Burbank is the star of The Truman Show, a 24-hour-a-day reality TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows, including ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Laura Linney  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Natascha McElhone

Truman Burbank is the star of The Truman Show, a 24-hour-a-day reality TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows, including ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Laura Linney  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Natascha McElhone

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There—on the eve of an attempted coup—he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people, and also falls in love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Linda Hunt  •  Michael Murphy

Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There—on the eve of an attempted coup—he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people, and also falls in love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Linda Hunt  •  Michael Murphy

Witness (1985)

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A sheltered Amish child is the sole witness of a brutal murder in a restroom at a Philadelphia train station, and he must be protected. The assignment falls to a taciturn detective who goes undercover in a Pennsylvania Dutch community. On the farm, he slowly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Kelly McGillis  •  Josef Sommer  •  Lukas Haas

A sheltered Amish child is the sole witness of a brutal murder in a restroom at a Philadelphia train station, and he must be protected. The assignment falls to a taciturn detective who goes undercover in a Pennsylvania Dutch community. On the farm, he slowly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Kelly McGillis  •  Josef Sommer  •  Lukas Haas

Green Card (1990)

Urban horticulturalist Brontë Mitchell has her eye on a gorgeous apartment, but the building's board will rent it only to a married couple. Georges Fauré, a waiter from France whose visa is expiring, needs to marry an American woman to stay in the country. Their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Bebe Neuwirth  •  Gregg Edelman

Urban horticulturalist Brontë Mitchell has her eye on a gorgeous apartment, but the building's board will rent it only to a married couple. Georges Fauré, a waiter from France whose visa is expiring, needs to marry an American woman to stay in the country. Their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Bebe Neuwirth  •  Gregg Edelman

The Mosquito Coast (1986)

Allie Fox, an American inventor exhausted by the perceived danger and degradation of modern society, decides to escape with his wife and children to Belize. In the jungle, he tries with mad determination to create a utopian community with disastrous results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Helen Mirren  •  River Phoenix  •  Conrad Roberts

Allie Fox, an American inventor exhausted by the perceived danger and degradation of modern society, decides to escape with his wife and children to Belize. In the jungle, he tries with mad determination to create a utopian community with disastrous results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Helen Mirren  •  River Phoenix  •  Conrad Roberts

The Plumber (1979)

At first simply grating, the presence of a hard-edged, macho plumber who damages more than he repairs and returns day after day soon turns menacing for the intellectual wife of a distracted doctor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Ivar Kants  •  Robert Coleby  •  Candy Raymond  •  Henri Szeps

At first simply grating, the presence of a hard-edged, macho plumber who damages more than he repairs and returns day after day soon turns menacing for the intellectual wife of a distracted doctor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Ivar Kants  •  Robert Coleby  •  Candy Raymond  •  Henri Szeps

The Way Back (2010)

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At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Dejan Angelov  •  Dragoș Bucur  •  Ed Harris

At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Dejan Angelov  •  Dragoș Bucur  •  Ed Harris

Homesdale (1971)

Several people gather at the Homesdale Hunting Lodge including butcher/rock singer Mr Kevin, war veteran Mr Vaughan, an octogenarian Mr Levy. All are tormented by Homesdale's staff and forced to participate in a series of games about death and murder in which the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Geoff Malone  •  Grahame Bond  •  Kate Fitzpatrick  •  Doreen Warburton

Several people gather at the Homesdale Hunting Lodge including butcher/rock singer Mr Kevin, war veteran Mr Vaughan, an octogenarian Mr Levy. All are tormented by Homesdale's staff and forced to participate in a series of games about death and murder in which the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Geoff Malone  •  Grahame Bond  •  Kate Fitzpatrick  •  Doreen Warburton

Incredible Floridas (1972)

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”.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Richard Meale

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”.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Richard Meale

A Dream Within a Dream: The Making of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' (2004)

A Feature Length Documentary On The Making Of The Film Featuring Exclusive Interviews With Peter Weir, Hal & Jim Mcelroy, Patricia Lovell and much more  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Hartley
CAST:  Peter Weir  •  Patricia Lovell

A Feature Length Documentary On The Making Of The Film Featuring Exclusive Interviews With Peter Weir, Hal & Jim Mcelroy, Patricia Lovell and much more  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Hartley
CAST:  Peter Weir  •  Patricia Lovell

Making Waves : The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)

An exploration of the history, artistry and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Midge Costin
CAST:  Walter Murch  •  Christopher Nolan  •  Ben Burtt  •  Ang Lee

An exploration of the history, artistry and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Midge Costin
CAST:  Walter Murch  •  Christopher Nolan  •  Ben Burtt  •  Ang Lee

TruTalk (1998)

A promotion featurette for The Truman Show. A 60 Minutes style mockumentary about the show called TruTalk aired originally on Nick at Night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir  •  Michael J. McAlister
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Ed Harris  •  Laura Linney  •  Harry Shearer

A promotion featurette for The Truman Show. A 60 Minutes style mockumentary about the show called TruTalk aired originally on Nick at Night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir  •  Michael J. McAlister
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Ed Harris  •  Laura Linney  •  Harry Shearer

3 Directions in Australian Pop Music (1972)

A short documentary film by Peter Weir featuring the music of Wendy Saddington and Teardrop, the Indelible Murtceps and The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band.  (more)

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A short documentary film by Peter Weir featuring the music of Wendy Saddington and Teardrop, the Indelible Murtceps and The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band.  (more)

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