SITGES, Spain – Peter Weir, writer and director of “The Truman Show,” criticized on Thursday the hyper-connected world we live in today and told a press conference at Spain’s Sitges Film Festival that in order to be creative one has to get bored.
The Australian film director known for his other works such as “Dead Poets Society,” “Witness” and “Master and Commander,” took questions from the press at the Catalan film festival.
When asked about prophetic quality of “The Truman Show,” Weir compared it with wine that gets better with age, adding that the film endured the test of time and improved as it matured.
Attention quickly turned to the elements in the film which were eerily premonitory and Weir was asked what his opinion on new media and technology was.
“We know the benefits of new media, the benefits are obvious. However for the imaginative person or the child, if you like, I think it can be dangerous,” Weir said. “Because, in a sense, you need to be bored in order to create, you have to be empty.”
“You are not living exactly in the moment but you can dream, and that’s when ideas can come,” the director added.
Peter Weir, 74, is an Australian writer and film director who often develops narratives where the main characters interact with technology.
Weir is part of the so-called “Australian New Wave,” a group of actors and film-makers that emerged in the early 1980s.