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John Duigan

John Duigan was born in England but moved to Australia in 1961 at the age of 12. He made several features before drawing acclaim for Mouth to Mouth (1978), which earned Duigan two Australian Film Institute nominations. This was followed by Winter of Our Dreams (1981), which starred Judy Davis, Bryan Brown and Baz Luhrmann; One Night Stand (1984), an anti-war coming of age story; and The Year My Voice Broke (1987), which introduced Noah Taylor (Shine, Almost Famous) to audiences and earned Duigan two AFI awards. The film's sequel, Flirting (1991) was an international hit starring Taylor, Thandie Newton and Nicole Kidman and won the AFI award for Best Film. Duigan next wrote and directed the lush romantic epic Wide Sargasso Sea (1993) and the comedy-drama Sirens (1994). His directing career in the 1990s included The Journey of August King (1995), The Leading Man (1996), Lawn Dogs (1997), Molly (1999), Paranoid (2000) and The Parole Officer (2001).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

John Duigan Facts

Birth Name John Lawless Duigan
OccupationDirector, Writer
BirthdayJune 19, 1949 (74)
BirthplaceHartley Wintney, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Room to Move
The Journey of August King
Wide Sargasso Sea
The Year My Voice Broke
Head in the Clouds
Lawn Dogs
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