Peter Weir Interview: Inspiration

thefilmbook by Benjamin BGreetings from Los Angeles.

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.

Inspiration -Peter Interview by Benjamin B -thefilmbook-


Peter Weir

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


Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh

Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh


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