Episode 3 – Peter Weir’s Fearless (1993)
This month we are taking note of the exits as we look back at Peter Weir’s 1993 bleak psychological drama ‘Fearless’.
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Fearless (1993) dir. Peter Weir, USA
Peter Weir is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors, and arguably the most successful Australian directing export of the Australian New Wave cinema movement. After making Australian classics “Picnic at Hanging Rock”, “The Last Wave” and “Gallipoli”, among others, he moved to working in America, directing “Witness”, “Dead Poet’s Society” and “The Truman Show”, as well as the topic for this month’s podcast – his 1993 drama “Fearless”.
The great fan-site Peter Weir Cave has a series of articles on the director and this film.
- Peter Weir Cave
- ‘Love, Fear and Peter Weir’ – an interview with the director
- ‘Fearless explores emotional aftermath of fateful flight’ – American Cinematographer article from November 1993 with Weir and cinematographer Allen Daviau
- ‘Notes from the Press Kit’
Anne Morra did a 2013 retrospective of the film for the Museum of Modern Art’s screenings, ‘Rediscovering Peter Weir’s Fearless’.
Here’s Hal Hinson’s great review for the Washington Post.
Jeff Bridges took panoramic photos on-set for most of the films he’s been involved with over the last three decades. Here’s a collection of some of them, including from Fearless.
Oh, and here’s Gary Busey’s Twitter…
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke also wrote an in-depth review of the film in August 2016 on his Letterboxd account.