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John Duigan is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Australien born on 19 june 1949 at Hartley Wintney (United-kingdom)

John Duigan

John Duigan
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Nationality Australie
Birth 19 june 1949 (69 years) at Hartley Wintney (United-kingdom)

John Duigan, (born 19 June 1949) is an Australian film director. He is mostly known for his two autobiographical films The Year My Voice Broke and Flirting.


Duigan emigrated to Australia in 1961, having been born to an Australian father. He is related to many Australian performers, being the brother of novelist Virginia Duigan (wife of director Bruce Beresford) and uncle of Trilby Beresford.

Duigan studied at Melbourne University, graduating in 1973 with a Masters degree in Philosophy. While at university, he worked extensively as an actor and director in theatre, and acted in a number of short films.

He began directing films in 1974, with early successes including Mouth to Mouth, winner of the Jury Prize at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, Winter of our Dreams, for which he won an Australian Writers' Guild award for Best Screenplay, and the multi-award winning mini-series Vietnam. His 1981 film Winter of Our Dreams was entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival.

Subsequent films included The Year My Voice Broke, for which he won AFIs for Best Director and Best Screenplay, and Flirting, both of which won Best Picture at the AFI Awards. Subsequently, Duigan worked in the United States and Europe, returning to Australia to make Sirens (1993), winner of Best Film at the St. Petersburg Film Festival.

In the United States he directed Romero, starring Raul Julia, which won the Humanitas Award, and Lawn Dogs, winner of numerous prizes in European festivals. In England he directed The Leading Man, from a screenplay by his sister Virginia, The Parole Officer with Steve Coogan, and in Canada/France/UK Head in the Clouds with Charlize Theron and Penélope Cruz, winner in Canada of four Genie Awards and Best Film at the Milan International Film Festival.

Between 2005 and 2010 he took time off from the flm industry to work on a book on secular ethics, returning to Australia to direct Careless Love in 2011/12.

Usually with

Roger Ford
Roger Ford
(3 films)
David Field
David Field
(1 films)
Noah Taylor
Noah Taylor
(2 films)
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Duigan (23 films)

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Bonjour Balwyn, 55minutes
Directed by John Duigan
Actors John Duigan
Roles Kevin Agar

Kevin Agar is a Carlton-based owner of a fledgling magazine who struggles to make ends meet. As his financial situation turns desperate, he finds work assisting a television repair man with repossessions. Agar's parents live in the suburb of Balwyn.


One Night Stand, 1h34
Directed by John Duigan
Genres Drama
Actors Tyler Coppin, Lee Joo-seung, Saskia Post
Rating61% 3.0550253.0550253.0550253.0550253.055025
In Australia, four teenagers in the Sydney Opera House- Sharon, Eva, Brendan and Tony- are horrified to hear the news that nuclear war has broken out in Europe and witness an horrific newscast that depicts irradiated, pain-wracked and disfigured victims of one nuclear blast with skin hanging off their bodies. The quartet try to figure out the best way they can survive the escalating conflict, as nuclear missiles start to hit Australian military and strategic targets and it may only be a matter of time before they start to detonate over large Australian population centres such as Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Perth, Fremantle and Canberra. At the film's end, it is left uncertain whether Sydney will be directly hit by nuclear weapons as Sydney's inhabitants await their fate in the Sydney underground, although the US spy facilities at Pine Gap and the US/Australian Joint Defense Facility Nurrungar (South Australia), as well as West Australian mineral and oil facilities at North West Cape have already been obliterated by nuclear weapons as military targets. Moreover, so has an undisclosed 'metropolitan' area to the south of Sydney.
Head in the Clouds, 2h12
Directed by John Duigan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Erotic, War, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Stuart Townsend, Thomas Kretschmann, Steven Berkoff, David La Haye
Rating65% 3.2982353.2982353.2982353.2982353.298235
In a prologue, young Gilda Bessé (Charlize Theron), the daughter of a French aristocrat and an emotionally unstable American mother, reluctantly is told the life line on her palm doesn't extend past the age of 34 by a fortune teller. Fast forward to a rainy night in 1933, when she stumbles into the room of Guy Malyon, an Irishman who is a first-year student on scholarship at Cambridge University. She has had a lover's quarrel with one of the dons, and rather than turn her out into the storm, Guy gallantly allows her to spend the night. Later, they become lovers, but the two are separated when Gilda's mother dies and she opts to leave England. Several years later, Guy sees her as an extra in a Hollywood film, and shortly after he coincidentally receives a letter from her inviting him to visit her in Paris, where she's working as a photographer.
The Parole Officer, 1h33
Directed by John Duigan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Steve Coogan, Lena Headey, Om Puri, Ty Glaser, Steven Waddington, Ben Miller
Rating63% 3.1984753.1984753.1984753.1984753.198475
Simon Garden is a well-meaning but ineffectual probation officer. At the beginning of the film, he is facing a tribunal after his entire department in Blackpool submit complaints against him, Garden having only had three successes in his career. He is therefore transferred to Manchester. He has hypoglycemia and therefore regularly eats crisps.
Paranoid (2000)
, 1h36
Directed by John Duigan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Jessica Alba, Iain Glen, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ewen Bremner, Mischa Barton, Gina Bellman
Rating39% 1.9585051.9585051.9585051.9585051.958505
The film begins at a fashion show, where Chloe Keene (Jessica Alba) takes the catwalk. She returns home to her boyfriend Toby (Oliver Milburn) and tells him what a great time she had in New York. The phone rings, but no one is on the other end, and she tells her friend she will change her number. After this, she goes to a shoot, where she meets her other boyfriend, Ned (Gary Love), who offers to take her out to a reunion of his former band. She goes home, and lies to Toby that she will be visiting someone in Brighton.
Molly (1999)
, 1h39
Directed by John Duigan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about autism
Actors Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart, Jill Hennessy, Brian George, Elaine Hendrix, Thomas Jane
Rating58% 2.9005652.9005652.9005652.9005652.900565
Elisabeth Shue plays the title character, Molly McKay, a 28-year-old woman with autism. She has lived in an institution from a young age following her parents' death in a car accident. When the institution must close due to budget cuts, Molly is left in the care of her non-autistic older brother, Buck McKay (Aaron Eckhart), an advertising executive and perennial bachelor. Molly, who verbalizes very little and is obsessed with lining up her shoes in neat rows, throws Buck's life into a tailspin as she runs off her nurses and barges into a meeting at Buck's agency naked.
Lawn Dogs
Lawn Dogs (1997)
, 1h41
Directed by John Duigan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Mischa Barton, Sam Rockwell, Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Christopher McDonald, Eric Mabius, Angie Harmon
Rating75% 3.797973.797973.797973.797973.79797
The film focuses on 10-year-old Devon Stockard (Mischa Barton), a precocious and lonely young girl who has recently moved into a gated community called Camelot Gardens with her parents, Morton and Clare (Christopher McDonald and Kathleen Quinlan). Recently having recovered from open heart surgery, Devon is encouraged by her parents to make friends, and she is pushed to sell cookies for a charity event for the summer. While selling cookies, Devon leaves the gated community against the instruction of her mother, and meets Trent Burns (Sam Rockwell), a poor man who lives in a trailer in the woods, and who does landscaping work in Camelot Gardens. An imaginative child, Devon imagines her life to be like the fable of Baba Yaga, a fairytale which the film makes parallels to.
The Leading Man, 1h39
Directed by John Duigan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
Actors Jon Bon Jovi, Thandie Newton, Anna Galiena, Lambert Wilson, Barry Humphries, Patricia Hodge
Rating58% 2.901682.901682.901682.901682.90168
A brash American actor, Robin Grange, goes to London to feature in a major new play. The playwright of the production, Felix Webb, is having an intense affair with the leading lady, Hilary Rule. His wife of fourteen years, Eleanor, suspects that her husband is cheating and cannot suppress her rage. Robin comes up with an intriguing plan; to seduce Felix's elegant wife to end hassling her husband. In desperation, Felix agrees, but soon faces a dilemma in that he feels increasingly jealous of Robin's attempts to seduce his willing wife, especially when he charms (and attempts to seduce) Hilary and the other members of the production and becomes too popular at Felix's expense. Felix is caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, prompting him to seek revenge on the opening night of his new production.
Sirens (1993)
, 1h36
Directed by John Duigan
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Erotic films
Actors Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill, Elle Macpherson, Portia DeGeneres, Kate Fischer
Rating58% 2.900232.900232.900232.900232.90023
Tony, an Anglican priest newly arrived in Australia from England, is asked to visit the notorious artist Norman Lindsay, out of the church's concern about a blasphemous painting of the crucifix that the artist plans to exhibit.
Wide Sargasso Sea, 1h38
Directed by John Duigan
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Erotic films
Actors Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker, Rachel Ward, Michael York, Martine Beswick, Paul Campbell
Rating57% 2.8510152.8510152.8510152.8510152.851015
For a full-length summary see: plot summary of Wide Sargasso Sea.
Flirting (1991)
, 1h39
Directed by John Duigan
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Noah Taylor, Thandie Newton, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Les Hill, Kym Wilson
Rating72% 3.647363.647363.647363.647363.64736
Danny Embling (Noah Taylor), now an awkward, underdeveloped 17-year-old, has been sent away by his parents to the all-male St. Albans boarding school in rural New South Wales, Australia, in the hopes he won’t become a delinquent. The year is 1965 and it has been some time since Danny has had any romantic relationship with a girl (his former love, Freya, from The Year My Voice Broke, left him at the end of the first film). Danny is the butt of jokes because of his stutter and long nose (for which he is nicknamed "Bird"). His only friend is Gilbert.
Romero (1989)
, 1h42
Directed by John Duigan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Films about religion, Transport films, Political films, Films about Latin American military dictatorships
Actors Raúl Juliá, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia, Harold Gould, Tony Plana, Al Ruscio
Rating71% 3.5960653.5960653.5960653.5960653.596065
During the 1977 El Salvadoran presidential elections, amid public unrest and a guerrilla uprising, the military regime sends death squads to detain, torture and kill any people who speak out against its human rights record. The Vatican elevates conservative Oscar Arnulfo Romero (Raul Julia) to the position of Archbishop of San Salvador, hoping that he will accept the status quo. Although conservative, Romero is afraid of the government's increasing hostility. After the assassination of Father Rutilio Grande (Richard Jordan), an outspoken Jesuit advocate for the poor, Romero begins to take a stand against the government's policies, prompting the death squads to begin targeting priests.