Film Friday│Peter Weir: Interviews

“I direct with my body: I use my sexuality to direct. I have explored the masculine and feminine in my own personality to direct actors and actresses, and that’s meant they must explore their duality too. In this way I think I’ve gained from Jung.”

Peter Weir: Interviews is the first volume of interviews to be published on the esteemed Australian director. Although Weir (b. 1944) has acquired a reputation of being guarded about his life and work, the interviews collected here reveal him to be a most amiable and informative subject. Readers are treated to surprising revelations at every turn.

Interviews collected in this volume discuss Weir’s diverse and impressive range of work—his earlier films Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, and The Year of Living Dangerously, as well as Academy Award nominees Witness, Dead Poets Society, Green Card, The Truman Show, and Master and Commander. This book confirms that the trajectory of Weir’s life and work parallels and embodies Australia’s quest to define and express a historical and cultural identity.

Peter Weir: Interviews contains interviews that have never before been published, including one conducted by editor John C. Tibbetts in 2012. Tibbetts was recently a guest on Kansas City Public Television to talk about his new book. His informative and revealing interview is below. 

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John C. Tibbetts is associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas. He is also the author, with James M. Welsh, of Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century available next month from UPM.