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A Peter Weir Retrospective

Flickering Myth presents a detailed look at the work of internationally renowned Australian filmmaker Peter Weir...

Articles

Weir Did He Go? Flickering Myth Welcomes Back Peter Weir

Trevor Hogg introduces the Peter Weir Blogathon.

A Weir View: A Peter Weir Profile

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director Peter Weir in a two-part article from 2009.

Saoirse Ronan, Jim Sturgess and Peter Weir on The Way Back

Actors Saoirse Ronan and Jim Sturgess and director Peter Weir discuss The Way Back.

Master and Commander: Peter Weir Returns with The Way Back

Trevor Hogg discusses the making of The Way Back.

Exclusive Interviews...

Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer Russell Boyd

Cutting Edge: A conversation with film editor Lee Smith

The Weir Way: Russell Boyd and Lee Smith Talk About Peter Weir

Career Retrospective...

The Cars That Ate Paris, 1974.

Starring John Meillon, Terry Camilleri, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully, Max Gillies and Bruce Spence.
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Peter Weir Retrospective: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Trevor Hogg continues his Peter Weir retrospective with a look at his internationally acclaimed second film...

Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975.

Directed by Peter Weir.

Starring Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse, Kirsty Child, Anne-Louise Lambert, Jacki Weaver and Tony Llewellyn-Jones.

Synopsis:

At the turn of the twentieth century a group of Australian schoolgirls vanish upon entering a mysterious rock formation while picnicking on Valentine’s Day.

In filming the strange period tale based on the novel by author Joan Lindsay, filmmaker Peter Weir had to address a fundamental narrative problem. “With much of Picnic at Hanging Rock it was clearly dangerous ground I was treading on, given the audience’s preconditioning, with a mystery that had no solution. I had to supply an ambience so powerful that it would turn the audience’s attention from following the steps of the police investigation into another kind of film.” To accomplish this for his 1975 movie,
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I Spry: dramatising history

Encore visited the set of the ABC espionage drama-documentary I Spry. Director Peter Butt, producer Anna Grieve, wardrobe designer Beverley Freeman and Dop Calvin Gardiner spoke to Aravind Balasubramaniam about the research that went into recreating the feel of the 1950s, and the importance of revisiting those shadowy parts of the country’s history that have got lost over time.

Historian and award-winning filmmaker Peter Butt’s latest production for the ABC, I Spry, is the dramatised documentary on perhaps Australia’s greatest spy Sir Charles Chambers Fowell Spry and his time in office. Spry was appointed by Prime Minister Robert Menzies, at the heat of the Cold War in the 1950s, as director-general of the Asio [Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation]. He is played by stage and film actor Tony Llewellyn-Jones.

Peter Butt, who has familiarised himself well with the place of espionage and intelligence in Australian history has also produced other documentaries on the subject such as Lies,
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