As one of Australia's most celebrated film and television directors, Simon Wincer has won acclaim internationally directing and producing movies, mini series and documentary productions for cinema, TV and IMAX.
Wincer has been involved in some of the largest grossing Australian films in history including The Man from Snowy River, The Lighthorsemen, and Phar Lap, proving to be one of the few filmmakers in the country capable of channeling his expertise into producing and directing with equal success.
His success however has not been limited to Australian films; in the summer of 1993 Wincer's Free Willy became a critical and commercial smash hit, taking over $200 million worldwide.
Other international cinematicsuccesses for Wincer haveincluded the Walt Disney Pictures adventure movie, Operation Dumbo Drop, Paramount Pictures' The Phantom and D.A.R.Y.L. and MGM's Quigley Down Under and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.
Wincer also directed the first movie shot in the six-part movie series Into the West for Dream-works and TNT at the request of Steven Spielberg. Titled Manifest Destiny, this movie centered on an epic wagon train journey across America.
Wincer has also made his mark in American television, with a number of award winning and hugely successful mini-series, including the epic Lonesome Dove which ranks among the top dramatic programs ever screened in the U.S. and was nominated for an incredible 18 Emmy Awards, winning seven, including Best Director.
A number of years following this success, he returned to direct the prequel to Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry’s 6-hour epic mini-series Comanche Moon for CBS which aired in 2008.
Wincer's Emmy success has not been limited to Lonesome Dove, he directed the 4 hour mini-series P.T. Barnum for A&E starring Beau Bridges, which was nominated for an Emmy in the category Best Mini-series.
Simon followed up this success with Crossfire Trail a Louis L'Amour western starring Tom Selleck, which became the highest rated movie ever screened on U.S. cable television, and then Monte Walsh also starring Tom Selleck and Isabella Rosellini, which screened to another ratings record - a combined audience of 36 million.
Simon Wincer also directed the critically acclaimed and hugely successful Hallmark Hall of Fame movie for CBS The Echo of Thunder starring Judy Davis (who was nominated for an Emmy for her performance).
Wincer's success has not been confined to cinema and TV, he has also directed a number of remarkable films and documentaries for IMAX including Disney's first live action IMAX film The Young Black Stallion and the critically acclaimed NASCAR: The IMAX Experience 3D for Warner Bros.