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Peter Weir

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Peter Lindsay Weir ( WEER; born August 21, 1944) is an Australian retired film director. He is known for directing films crossing various genres over forty years with films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Gallipoli (1981), Witness (1985), Dead Poets Society (1989), Fearless (1993), The Truman Show (1998), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), and The Way Back (2010). He has received six Academy Award nominations, ultimately being awarded the Academy Honorary Award in 2022 for his lifetime achievement career.Early in his career as a director, Weir was a leading figure in the Australian New Wave cinema movement (1970–1990). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Weir has received more than 2,302,022 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Peter Weir is the 175th most popular film director (up from 177th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Australia (down from 25th in 2019) and the most popular Australian Film Director.

Peter Weir is most famous for directing films such as "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Witness," "Dead Poets Society," and "The Truman Show."

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Among film directors, Peter Weir ranks 175 out of 1,581Before him are Bille August, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jesús Franco, Nikita Mikhalkov, Claude Lanzmann, and Robert Aldrich. After him are Don Siegel, G. W. Pabst, Guy Ritchie, Dino Risi, Danny Boyle, and Alice Guy-Blaché.

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Among people born in 1944, Peter Weir ranks 66Before him are John Holmes, Rudy Giuliani, Jonathan Demme, Bora Milutinović, Norodom Ranariddh, and Udo Kier. After him are Maria João Pires, David J. Wineland, Bernard Cornwell, Nelson Freire, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, and Jean-Pierre Sauvage.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Peter Weir ranks 27 out of 925Before him are Tamam Shud case (1903), John Eccles (1903), Elizabeth Blackburn (1948), V. Gordon Childe (1892), Margot Robbie (1990), and Alexander Prokhorov (1916). After him are Joan Sutherland (1926), Ned Kelly (1855), Robin Warren (1937), Kylie Minogue (1968), Macfarlane Burnet (1899), and P. L. Travers (1899).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In Australia

Among film directors born in Australia, Peter Weir ranks 1After him are George Miller (1945), Christopher Doyle (1952), Roger Donaldson (1945), Bruce Beresford (1940), Baz Luhrmann (1962), Phillip Noyce (1950), Russell Mulcahy (1953), John Farrow (1904), John Pilger (1939), Fred Schepisi (1939), and John Seale (1942).