Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir (Witness, Dead Poets Society) and location manager Michael J. Meehan (Dead Poets Society, Pirates of the Caribbean) will be honored at the upcoming 6th Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards. Weir will receive the Eva Monley Award, which recognizes and honors industry members who support the work of location professionals, and Meehan will be honored with the 2019 LMGI Lifetime Achievement Award at the September 21 ceremony.
The LMGI Awards spotlight international features, television and commercials in which the creative use of filming locations sets the tone, enrich the character and enhance the narrative.
Weir is best known for his work on Witness (1985), The Truman Show (1998), Dead Poets Society (1989) and Master and Commander (2003), all of which earned Weir Oscar nominations for best director. He has received a total of 36 awards and 59 nominations including five Oscar nominations, four Golden Globes, and three BAFTAs. Weir led the Australian New Wave cinema movement with Picnic at Hanging Rock, Last Wave, Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, and directed a diverse group of international films, many with Meehan.
Over a three-decade career, Meehan has scouted for major studios in more than 40 countries with credits including Witness, Dead Poets Society, Arachnophobia, Toys, Pirates of the Caribbean 2/3, Master and Commander, among others. He has worked with directors such as Sam Fuller, Mel Brooks and Barry Levinson. Additional credits include Ben-Hur, Poseidon, Spaceballs, Syriana, Patch Adams, Grease 2 and Star Trek IV.
The full list of LMGI Award nominees will be announced July 18. The ceremony takes place September 21 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica.