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Simon Wincer
Simon Wincer on AccessReel.jpg
Wincer interviewed on in 2011
Born1943 (age 78–79)
EducationCranbrook School, Sydney
OccupationFilm director
Years active1965–present
AwardsChristopher Award

Simon Wincer (born 1943) is an Australian director and producer of film and television.[1] He attended Cranbrook School, Sydney, from 1950 to 1961. On leaving school he worked as a stagehand at TV Station Channel 7. By the 1980s he had directed over 200 hours of television. In 1986, he directed the telemovie The Last Frontier and also won a Christopher Award. He also directed the 1993 beloved family film Free Willy.



Year Title Director Producer Writer
1979 Snapshot Yes No No
1980 Harlequin Yes No No
1983 Phar Lap Yes No No
1985 D.A.R.Y.L. Yes No No
1987 The Lighthorsemen Yes Yes No
1990 Quigley Down Under Yes No No
1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Yes No No
1993 Free Willy Yes No No
1994 Lightning Jack Yes Yes No
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Yes No No
1996 The Phantom Yes No No
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Yes No No
2003 The Young Black Stallion Yes No No
2011 The Cup Yes Yes Yes


Year Title Also credited as Episode(s)
Producer Writer Other
1971–1975 Matlock Police No Yes N/A[I] 17 episodes
1972 Division 4 No No N/A 15 episodes
1973 Ryan No No N/A 4 episodes
1974–1976 Homicide No No N/A[I] 5 episodes
1975 Cash and Company No No N/A 4 episodes
1976 The Sullivans No No N/A 4 episodes
1976 The Lost Islands No No N/A 1 episode
1976 Tandarra No No N/A 7 episodes
1976 The Box No No N/A 1 episode
1976 The Haunting of Hewie Dowker No No N/A Television film
1977–1978 Chopper Squad No Yes N/A 5 episodes
1977–1980 Young Ramsay No No N/A 5 episodes
1978 Against the Wind No No N/A Television miniseries (co-directed with George T. Miller)
1979 Skyways No No N/A 2 episodes
1979–1980 Prisoner: Cell Block H No No N/A 4 episodes
1979 Bailey's Bird No No N/A
1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color No No N/A 1 episode
1986 The Last Frontier No No N/A Television film
1988 Bluegrass No No N/A Television film
1989 Lonesome Dove No No N/A Television miniseries
1992–1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles No No N/A 6 episodes
1997 Flash No No N/A Television film
1998 Escape: Human Cargo No No N/A Television film
1998 The Echo of Thunder No No N/A Television film
1998 Murder She Purred, A Mrs. Murphy Mystery No No N/A Television film
1999 P.T. Barnum No No N/A Television film
2001 Crossfire Trail Yes No N/A Television film
2001 Ponderosa No No N/A 1 episode
2003 Monte Walsh No No N/A Television film
2005 Into the West No No N/A Television miniseries
2008 Comanche Moon No No N/A Television miniseries

^ I Credited as assistant director.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Category Result Reference
1980 Australian Film Institute Award Harlequin Best Director Nominated
Sitges Awards Prize of the International Critics' Jury Won
1983 Australian Film Institute Award Phar Lap Best Director Nominated
1989 Primetime Emmy Awards Lonesome Dove Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special Won
1990 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials Nominated
2002 Western Heritage Awards Crossfire Trail (shared with Michael Brandman, Tom Selleck, Thomas John Kane, Steven J. Brandman, Charles Robert Carner and Virginia Madsen) Best Television Feature Film Won
2005 Online Film & Television Association Award Into the West (shared with Robert Dornhelm, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Jeremy Podeswa, Timothy Van Patten and Michael W. Watkins) Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries Won


  1. ^ Sandra Brennan (2014). "Simon Wincer". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014.

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