'The Way Back' Director Peter Weir to Deliver BAFTA Address


LONDON -- Filmmaker Peter Weir is booked to deliver this year’s David Lean lecture at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in December.

Weir is lined up to give the British Academy’s annual film industry address Dec. 6 this year at the organization’s headquarters in London.

During Weir’s 40-year directing career he has made two movies with Mel Gibson, Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, and Harrison Ford, Witness and The Mosquito Coast.

Other movie highlights include Dead Poets Society, Green Card and The Truman Show, which earned Weir a best director nomination from both the American and British Academies.

His latest film The Way Back, starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell will be released here Dec. 26 by Entertainment One in the U.K.

The David Lean Foundation funds the British Academy’s annual David Lean Lecture.

BAFTA film committee chair Finola Dwyer said: “In the mid 1970s and ’80s, he [Weir] helped bring Australian cinema to an international stage, while his great skill as a director of actors and his fluency with a diverse range of filmmaking styles quickly made him a global presence."

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