World renowned Australian born director, writer and producer Peter Weir is best known for his direction of the smash hit movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), guiding superstar Russell Crowe. He has lent his talented hand and creativity to a host of American and international films, working with some of the world's most talented actors.
Weir has a talent for bringing out the best in his crew, and for constructing the intended emotional impacts for each scene filmed in his movies. This is something that viewers may not all consider as they're watching a great film that moves them. He assists the actors in reaching that pivotal moment by observing their techniques, body language and tone inflections. From his viewpoint, he lets them know how to deliver that needed punch to bring home the intentions of the moment, and move the plot forward.
He directed Harrison Ford in his moving performance as a husband who snaps and becomes a danger to his family in The Mosquito Coast (1986), a suspenseful and unsettling thriller. Comedian Robin Williams gives an all out time stopping performance in his role as an instructor in the film Dead Poet's Society (1989), in which the boys he teaches come to revere him as their captain, and devote their loyalty to him in trying times.
Whatever the need, Peter has been amazingly skillful in proving his worth as a director. The end result of his work cannot be denied as audiences are moved to a quiet contemplation of the film that they have just watched. Weir has shown the world that making a great film takes team work and talent on the part of the director as well as the actors. We must never forget to give credit where it is due. Peter Weir's contributions to the success of his films deserve not only acknowledgement, but Kudos.