Tag Archives: Peter Weir

The Truman Show: Before Big Brother

ON THE AIR. UNAWARE. There’s an episode of Twilight Zone, the 1980s revival, called ”Special Service” that aired in 1989. Written by J. Michael Straczynski who later created the sci-fi classic Babylon 5, the episode tells the story of a man who discovers that his whole life is a reality show on TV; even his … Continue reading The Truman Show: Before Big Brother

6 Essential World War I Films

In 2010, Peter Jackson delivered a list to Total Film of his six favorite WWI movies. Gallipoli (1981) was one of them and Jackson wrote the following: The film has some historic flaws – the climatic Lighthorse charge on the Nek at Gallipoli on August 1915 was not doomed because the ‘British were drinking tea on … Continue reading 6 Essential World War I Films

Dead Poets Society: Against the Stream

HE WAS THEIR INSPIRATION. HE MADE THEIR LIVES EXTRAORDINARY.    This movie was released when I was 13 and I remember what kind of effect it had on us all. Suddenly, we expected every teacher at school to be like John Keating, an inspiring “captain” we’d be willing to fight for. That was the ideal, … Continue reading Dead Poets Society: Against the Stream

Master and Commander: Adventure and Music on the High Seas

When he stepped into a meeting with Fox bigwig Tom Rothman, director Peter Weir had no idea which project he was about to be pitched. Rothman rose from his chair, left the room and came back with a sword in his hands. He gave it to Weir and said nothing. The director studied the sword, … Continue reading Master and Commander: Adventure and Music on the High Seas