Directed by Peter Weir • 1982 • Australia, United States
Starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt
Indonesia, 1965. Revolution is in the air. Foreign journalists covering the unrest are kept at arm’s length by the wary Sukarno government. With the help of local Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt) and diplomat Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver), naive Australian reporter Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) suddenly rockets to importance as a newsman with access to inside information about the coming coup d’état. But Hamilton must make a choice: to succeed as a newsman—to report this story to the world—he must betray, and possibly destroy, the two people who love him. Hunt won an Academy Award for her audacious cross-gender performance as Kwan, though the film is marred by the decision to cast her, a white actor, as a Chinese Australian character.