Another of the Australian filmmakers whose successful work in their homeland brought Hollywood calling, P J Hogan burst into international awareness when his first feature as director and writer, “Muriel’s Wedding”, debuted to a 15-minute standing ovation at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight. A box-office champ, “Muriel’s Wedding” dominated the Australian Film Institute Awards, earning eleven nominations and winning four. Basically an ugly-duckling story that relied on broad humor to make its point, the film benefited from Hogan’s capabilities with actors. He elicited star-making performances from lead Toni Collette and supporting player Rachel Griffiths. Its success led to his directing “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997), starring Julia Roberts. With a screenplay by Ronald Bass, this “Wedding” presented Roberts in a return to comedy and featured strong turns from Cameron Diaz (as Roberts’ rival in love) and Rupert Everett (as her gay editor). Both films utilized popular… read more
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