Knowledge Identifier: +John_Duigan
Duigan emigrated to Australia in 1961, having been born to an Australian father
He began directing films in 1974, with early successes including Mouth to Mouth, winner of the Jury Prize at the Australian Film Institute 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
Noah Taylor - After performing in plays at St. Martin's Youth Theatre in South Yarra for a year, he gained the attention of director John Duigan, who cast him in the 1987 film "The Year My Voice Broke", the first part of a planned trilogy
Nathaniel Parker - War Requiem - Other early roles include playing Wilfred Owen in Derek Jarman's "War Requiem", a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem", co-starring Laurence Olivier as an old soldier in his last screen role before his death, and playing Edward Rochester in John Duigan's 1993 film adaptation of Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea"
Naomi Watts - The director John Duigan invited her to take a supporting role in his 1991 indie film, "Flirting", during the 1989 premiere of "Dead Calm", after a five years absence in film
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