This interview with director Peter Weir returns to the theme of the creative process that I recently explored with Christopher Doyle.
I met the Australian director in Vienna at the Inspiration event, hosted by Imago. I shall return to this wonderful event in future posts.
Peter Weir is one of the world’s leading directors, his films are infused with poetry and entertainment. A recurring theme in his work is the clash of cultures.
His credits include:
The Last Wave
The Year of Living Dangerously
Dead Poets Society
Master and Commander
and my personal favorite
I asked Peter to discuss the inspiration for his films, and his complex response includes:
- stressing the intuitive, non-intellectual nature of his inspiration
- the important role that listening to music plays during filmmaking
- his fondness for silent films
- a thought-provoking comparison of his films to still life paintings
watch on YouTube