Peter Weir, the acclaimed director of such films as Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Society of Dead Poetsand The Truman Show can retire. Talking with Sydney Morning Heraldadmitted the 78-year-old filmmaker that his desire to make films is waning and that it might be best to leave that job to a younger generation.
When asked if he still had gas in the tank to direct big movies, Weir practically said goodbye to his decades-long profession. “For film directors, like volcanoes, there are three major stages: active, dormant and extinct. I think I’ve reached the latter! Another generation is out there calling ‘action’ and ‘cut’, and good luck them.”
For Weir, filmmaking is about exploration and letting the job take you to fascinating places to work with talented individuals. He loves the outdoors and is grateful to have explored so many unique wonders around the world throughout his career.
When asked if he feels satisfied with his filming experience, Weir explained, “I love visiting old ruins or battlefields from long ago. I could have been an archaeologist in another life. The most memorable of many expeditions has to be diving on the sunken Japanese fleet from World War II that lies under Truk Lagoon [in the central Pacific].”
Weir is responsible for filming various iconic scenes, from the raging forces of nature Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World to “Oh Captain! My Captain!” scene i Dead Poet Society. Still, what fans express the most thanks for when talking to Weir is making them aware of the phrase “carpe diem.” Weir has lost count of how many people have shown him their “carpe diem” tattoos, which brings a smile to his face.
Do you think Weir is ready to retire? What is your favorite film from his long career? Society of Dead Poets is mine, with The Truman Show be a close second place. Please sound off in the comments below and let us know your favorite film from this excellent director.