Excerpt from an interview with Peter Weir
from Cinema Papers, August 1990

In what way will Green Card qualify as a co-production?

Why have you chosen to do this film without the involvement of a major studio? What was the inspiration for the script? Hasn't Depardieu attempted an English-language film before? Have you always wanted to make Hollywood films? Did you grow up with an ambition for directing? Do you have a favorite film? Were you disappointed by the reception to The Mosquito Coast? How do you feel about Picnic at Hanging Rock and Gallipoli being re-released in Australia? Is it premature to have a retrospective? Compared to films like Born on the Fourth of July, Gallipoli is much subtler in its anti-war approach. It has always seemed strange that Australians applaud a battle that was essentially a failure. Gallipoli was the first Australian film to be distributed by a major American studio. It must have signalled for you an acceptance by the international film community. Elsewhere you have compared Dead Poets Society with Gallipoli. What did you mean by that? Why do you think Dead Poets was so embraced by Americans when it seems more European in its intent? How would you explain that reaction to the film? Were you pleased with the Academy-Award nominations? Were you surprised at Bruce Beresford's omission? Australians seem to be able to portray American life extremely well. Is that because we are so imbued with American culture? Americans have always been willing to open their doors to foreigners. Are Australians yet another example? Are Australians too egalitarian? There seems to be a lot of sour grapes in the Australian film industry at the moment. Do you spend much time in Australia, or are you always overseas? Do you ever feel that you lead the life of a gypsy?