Peter Weir Finds The Way Back to Cinema With WWII Film

Peter Weir hasn’t made a film since Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World in 2003, and after six years of wondering in the wilderness, he has finally unveiled pictures of his newest film, The Way Back, which is based on a memoir from Slavomir Rawicz about seven multi-national prisoners who escape from a Siberian camp in 1940 and trek thousands of miles across hostile terrain to India. It stars Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, and Mark Strong. The pictures are courtesy of Quiet Earth. The film sounds less like a WWII movie and more of a survival movie that happens to use WWII as a backdrop. But knowing Peter Weir, this is bound to be material rife for his talent, and in the pictures there is certainly something unique in the squalid and rugged conditions.