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The Top Five Peter Weir Directed Films of His Career

Peter Weir is a film director, producer, and writer who was born on August 21, 1944, in Sydney Australia. He studied arts and law at the University of Sydney before landing a job as a production assistant at Atn-7, a Sydney television station. Weir made two experimental short films using the resources available at the studio. He began his directing career as a director of documentaries. His first major independent film ‘Homesdale’ was released in 1971. He then became one of the leading professionals in the Australian New Wave cinema movement between 1970 and 1990. Although he has had a

The Top Five Peter Weir Directed Films of His Career
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Blu-ray Review: Criterion Release of Peter Weir’s Mesmerizing ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

Peter Weir’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock” is a mesmerizing film. Most who go into it know that it tells a tragic (possibly true) story with no resolution. And so it becomes a slow burn, in which the atmosphere and dread of unseen danger hangs thick in every frame.

Weir broke through on the international film scene with this surprise hit, a film that introduced the world to one of the best directors of the ’80s and ’90s. He would go on to give us more traditional and yet masterful works like “Witness,” “Fearless,” “The Truman Show,” and “Master and Commander” and yet when I hear his name, “Picnic at Hanging Rock” is the first film I think of.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

It is a defiantly bizarre, terrifying film that defies easy categorization or even synopsis. On one hand, it’s a mystery, but it’s one without a conclusion (which notoriously
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Picnic at Hanging Rock

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

A group of young woman mysteriously vanish in Picnic at Hanging Rock.

This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath in the 1975 drama-mystery Picnic at Hanging Rock put director Peter Weir (The Way Back) on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema.

Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Picnic at Hanging Rock concerns a small group of students from an all-female college and a chaperone, who vanish while on a St. Valentine’s Day outing.

Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society, Weir’s gorgeous, disquieting film is a work of poetic horror whose secrets haunt viewers to this day.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition of the movie includes the
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'Picnic at Hanging Rock', 'L'eclisse' and 'Hard Days Night' Coming from Criterion in June 2014

I just received my review copy of Ingmar Bergman's Pesona (3/25) today so I'm a little high on Criterion love at the moment and only minutes after receiving that in the mail I received today's announcement listing the films coming to the Collection in June. I'm sure many will be excited to see Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock getting the Blu-ray upgrade. The remastered release includes a new piece on the making of the film, a new introduction by film scholar David Thomson as well as Weir's 1971 black comedy Homesdale among other additional features. The disc will hit shelves on June 17. The title I'm most looking forward to is Michelangelo Antonioni's L'eclisse the third film in his informal trilogy that includes L'avventura and La notte. This is the only one of those three I haven't yet seen and what a cast as it tells the story of
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Peter Weir Retrospective: The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

Trevor Hogg begins his Peter Weir retrospective with a look at the Australian film-maker's debut feature...

The Cars That Ate Paris, 1974.

Directed by Peter Weir.

Starring John Meillon, Terry Camilleri, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully, Max Gillies and Bruce Spence.

Synopsis:

Residents in the mysterious Australian Outback town of Paris redirect passing traffic with the intention of creating automobile accidents. The wrecked vehicles are then sold for their parts, and the injured travelers are subjected to medical experiments; further mayhem ensues when the close-knit community decides to adopt an unscathed survivor.

While touring France an unexpected traffic detour provided internationally respected director Peter Weir with the inspiration for his first feature length film. “Weeks later in England,” he began, “I saw a front page story in the paper about a shooting and some crime of passion, while down in a very small column was that in Britain that weekend 23 people had
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