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Michael (1971), Homesdale (1971), and The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...Peter Weir’s first feature film, The Cars That Ate Paris, was a logical development from his work in short and experimental films. Its themes—of the dangers of conformity within an authoritarian establishment and the difficulty...

Witness (1985) and The Mosquito Coast (1986)

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...Witness marked Peter Weir’s American feature debut. The film was made for Paramount, starred a major American actor (Harrison Ford), and emerged as a considerable commercial success, gaining eight Academy Award nominations. While the film...

Dead Poets Society (1989) and Green Card (1990)

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...Like Peter Weir’s first two American and his last Australian films [Gollipoli [1981] and The Year of Living Dangerously [ 1982]), Dead Poets Society and Green Card reflect the commercial and personal sides to the director’s choice of work....

Gallipoli (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...Marking the end of Peter Weir’s Australian work and presaging his move to Hollywood, Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously enjoyed varying critical and commercial success. Gallipoli occupies an important place in Australia’s film...

Conclusion: The Far Side of the World

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...Films are, above all, about something, and the question of remakes and reworkings in the careers of major directors primarily revolves around reconsiderations and restatements of major thematic, ethical, and moral concerns. … The fact...

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975/1998)

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...More than twenty-five years after its release, Picnic at Hanging Rock remains the film with which Peter Weir’s name is most closely associated and maintains its place as one of the keystones of the Australian film revival. It can...

The Last Wave (1977) and The Plumber (1979)

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...A vast gap is opened up between knowledge (as scientific investigation and rational enquiry) and gnosis (a knowledge of ultimate truths, a kind of spiritual wisdom), and it is in this gap that the modern fantastic is situated.Rosemary...

Fearless (1993) and The Truman Show (1998)

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...The apparent disparity between Fearless and The Truman Show, in terms of their commercial success and critical reception may appear to preclude their discussion in tandem. The tragic trajectory of the former and the comedic, satiric...

Introduction

Jonathan Rayner

JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Peter Weir

Continuum, 2017

Book chapter

...No trait we could assign to an implied author of a film could not more simply be ascribed to the narration itself: it sometimes suppresses information, it often restricts our knowledge, it generates curiosity, it creates a tone, and so...