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  • The Year of Living Dangerously

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    ★★★★

    Peter Weir's film of drama, romance and political intrigue - set against the backdrop of a turbulent 1960s Indonesia - is an outstanding study of identity and innocence in a postcolonial world. Mel Gibson is great as Guy Hamilton - a naive, but well intentioned rookie reporter - but the film absolutely belongs to Linda Hunt's mercurial performance as Billy Kwan, the diminutive fixer and cameraman, for which Hunt was rightly awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

  • Gallipoli

    Gallipoli

    ★★★★½

    Even after all these years, Peter Weir's masterful reinforcement of the Anzac legend remains an eminently watchable, undeniably powerful treatise on the power of mateship and the futility of war. A genuinely affecting film that creeps up on you and leaves you reeling from a poignantly abrupt finale.

    Full of fine performances, written by one of the country's finest dramatists, David Williamson, and helped by arguably its greatest director, Peter Weir, GALLIPOLI is a bonefide classic of Australian cinema.