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DUIGAN, John Lawless (1949- )

DUIGAN, John Lawless (1949- )

Film Director, John Duigan rose to fame as an Australian film director and is particularly known for two autobiographical films 'The Year My Voice Broke’ (1987) and ‘Flirting’ (1991) both of which won Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards for Best Picture. 'The Year my Voice Broke' also won Best Director and Best Screenplay AFI awards. The subject of 'Flirting' is non-conformists in a boarding school.

John attended Geelong College from 1961 to 1966. After leaving school he gained an MA in philosophy from Melbourne University graduating in 1973. During his period at university he acted in film and theatre and also directed several theatre productions. He started film direction in 1974. He won the AFI Jury Prize for 'Mouth to Mouth' and the Australian Writers' Guild award for Best Screenplay for 'Winter of our Dreams' . From the late 1980s he worked in Europe and the United States returning to Australia to direct films such as, 'Sirens' and 'Careless Love' . His first 'Hollywood' film was released in 1989As of 2012, he had over 24 films or television episodes to his credit.

His most recent film 'Careless Love' was released in 2012. In 2008, John Duigan was present at the naming of a Qantas Airbus A380 in honour of the Duigan family’s aviation exploits. John Duigan was born in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, England on 19 June 1949 and emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1961. His father was Brian Lawless Duigan (1915-1972).

John Lawless Duigan was inducted into the Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA) Notables Gallery at Geelong College in October 2014.

John Lawless Duigan

John Lawless Duigan

His work has included the following:
Film Director
The Firm Man (short film), Australian Film Institute, 1975
The Trespassers, Vega, 1975
Mouth to Mouth, Vega, 1978
Dimboola, Greater Union, 1979
Winter of Our Dreams, Enterprises/Satori, 1981
Far East, Filmco Australia, 1982
One Night Stand, Astra Film Productions, 1983
The Year My Voice Broke, Avenue, 1987
Romero, Four Seasons, 1989
Flirting, Samuel Goldwyn, 1990
Wide Sargasso Sea, Fine Line Features, 1993
Sirens, Miramax, 1994
The Journey of August King, Miramax, 1995
The Leading Man, J & M Entertainment, 1996
Lawn Dogs, Strand Releasing, 1997
Molly, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999
Paranoid, Portman Entertainment Group, 2000
The Parole Officer, MCA/Universal, 2001
Head in the Clouds, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004
. Careless Love, 2012

Film Producer
The Firm Man (short film), Australian Film Institute, 1975
The Trespassers, Vega, 1975
Mouth to Mouth, Vega, 1978

Sources: Ad Astra September 1972; Ad Astra December 1990 p12; New York Times 6 Nov 1992; Launceston Examiner 17 November 2008;; The Age (Melb) 19 May 2012 p23; Ad Astra July 2014 p51; Ad Astra July 2014 p51; OGC 1963.
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