Weir, Peter

Weir, Peter

(wēr), 1944–, Australian film director, b. Sydney. His early work helped to bring Australian film to world attention; his later films, made in Hollywood, mingle American movie technique with the style of European art films. Weir's vivid and varied work often deals with clashing cultures and ideals. His films include Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), a brooding turn-of-the-century tale involving the disappearance of Australian schoolgirls; Gallipoli (1981), a drama of idealistic young Australians fighting a bloody, pointless World War I battle; and The Year of Living Dangerously (1983), a story of love and political intrigue in Sukarno's Indonesia. Among his later films are the dramas Witness (1985) and Dead Poets Society (1989); the comedy Green Card (1990); The Truman Show (1998), his most commercially successful work, which tells of a man whose life is the subject of a hit television show without his knowing it; the early 19th-century swashbuckler Master and Commander (2003), based on Patrick O'BrianO'Brian, Patrick,
1914–2000, British novelist, b. near London as Richard Patrick Russ. He changed his name in 1945 and after World War II settled in France. O'Brian's first novel, Caesar
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's novels; and The Way Back (2011), a tale of an escape from the Soviet gulag and the harrowing trek to freedom.

Bibliography

See M. Haltof, Peter Weir: When Cultures Collide (1996), J. Rayner, The Films of Peter Weir (1998), and M. Bliss, Dreams within a Dream: The Films of Peter Weir (2000).

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Woods bitched more about the conditions than himself, throwing some mud that he hopes sticks on the wall of the USGA's headquarters - except that by the end of that first round his outburst had made him look a little foolish given what Weir, Peter Hanson, David Duval Todd Hamilton and Ricky Barnes achieved.
Andrew assembled an impressive squad including Dean Ryan, Alan Tait, Inga Tuigamala, Pat Lam, Gary Armstrong, Doddie Weir, Peter Walton, Ross Nesdale, Tim Stimpson, John Bentley, Tony Underwood, Nick Popplewell, Garath Archer, George Graham, Steve Bates, Richard Metcalfe, Martin Shaw, Jim Naylor, Stuart Legg, Graham Childs, Steve O'Neill, Richard Arnold.
Chris Weir, Peter Goodchild and James Zarbel represented the second team.
It's funny to think that it was only back in 1999, when captained by Newcastle Falcon Gary Armstrong and with fellow Falcons Doddy Weir, Peter Walton and George Graham in the side/squad, that Scotland won the last of the old Five Nations championships.
They will be joined by David Weir, Peter Clarke,Li Tie and Alex Nyarko -and Blues boss David Moyes said: ``The squad is getting stronger, which is something we need.
The films chosen for their archetypal patterns do not belong to one category, since art-films have been included with popular movies, productions of the late 1970s and early 1980s by directors such as Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Weir, Peter Greenaway, Alain Resnais, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas.
Out went Graeme Jones, Willie Falconer, Paul Kane and David McClune, and in came skipper Jim Weir, Peter MacDonald, Tommy Lovenkrands and last season's top scorer Keigan Parker.
Newcastle welcome back Gary Armstrong after injury, but Doddie Weir, Peter Walton and Steve O'Neill are out.
NEWCASTLE would be a poor team if Jonny Wilkinson, Gary Armstrong, George Graham, Stuart Grimes, Doddie Weir, Peter Walton, Ross Nesdale and Va'aiga Tuigamala were taken away from the Falcons.
He participated as a soloist in several music festivals in Europe that included such celebrities as Guilian Weir, Peter Planyavsky, and Edward Kooiman, and was granted the Medal of Honor from the City of Bordeaux.
But he bitched more about the conditions than himself, throwing some mud that he hoped sticks on the wall of the USGA's headquarters - except that by the end of that first round his outburst had made him look a little foolish given what Weir, Peter Hanson and David Duval achieved.
Squad for Rochdale: Steve Simonsen,Tony Hibbert, David Weir, Peter Clarke, Sean O'Hanlon,Gary Naysmith,Steve Watson, Li Tie,Alex Nyarko,Tobias Linderoth,Mark Pembridge, Kevin Campbell, Tomasz Radzinski, Patrice Pascucci, Brian Moogan.