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[ecrea] New Book: Peter Weir. A Creative Journey from Australia to Hollywood

Fri Dec 09 22:25:08 GMT 2011

New Title Announcement:

Serena Formica, Peter Weir. A Creative Journey from Australia to Hollywood, Intellect Books, 2011.

The cinematic output of Australian director Peter Weir has garnered numerous awards and
widespread critical acclaim—from his early short films of the 1970s to the Hollywood hits he’s
helmed since 1985, including the likes of Witness, Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, and
Master and Commander.

Drawing on contemporary concepts from transnational cinema studies, this book investigates
Weir’s entire three-decade career, paying particular attention to his journey from his native
Sydney, with its largely auteur-driven national cinema, to the multimillion-dollar Hollywood
film industry with its many genre conventions. Along the way, the author explores a host of
questions accompanying this move, including Weir’s status as a transnational filmmaker and
a more generalized discussion of the critically controversial idea of the auteur. Rounding out
this volume are interviews with leading Hollywood filmmakers who discuss Weir’s work.
"This book is a fascinating study of Peter Weir seen here less as an auteur and more as representative
of wider ‘production migrations’ that have seen many Australian filmmakers bring
their talent to Hollywood. Formica rightly frames Weir’s transition - from relatively small
scale, government funded production in Australia to big-budget studios productions in Hollywood
- in the context of production processes and collaborations with other filmmakers.
Interviews with key players and Weir himself makes this a rather unique look at Weir’s career."

(Gianluca Sergi, Associate Professor in Film Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Nottingham)

Serena Formica is an associate lecturer in film studies at the University of Derby.

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