Simon Wincer

Biography: An esteemed director/producer in film and television in his native Australia, Simon Wincer has earned his highest accolades in the U.S. for directing the acclaimed television miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989); he also had great success directing Free Willy (1993). Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Wincer helmed scores of series' episodes Down Under. In 1979, Wincer made his directorial bow with the romantic comedy Snapshot. Wincer's first turn as a producer was for the internationally successful The Man From Snowy River (1982). It was after this that his own career flipped into high gear. Wincer's next venture, Phar Lap, the fact-based story of Australia's greatest race horse and his mysterious death, earned considerable critical acclaim and ranks as one Australia's most popular films. Wincer's next film, One Night Stand, was a chilling black comedy about four young people who find themselves stranded in the Sydney Opera House after the start of WWIII. Wincer made a ratherAn esteemed director/producer in film and television in his native Australia, Simon Wincer has earned his highest accolades in the U.S. for directing the acclaimed television miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989); he also had great success directing Free Willy (1993). Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Wincer helmed scores of series' episodes Down Under. In 1979, Wincer made his directorial bow with the romantic comedy Snapshot. Wincer's first turn as a producer was for the internationally successful The Man From Snowy River (1982). It was after this that his own career flipped into high gear. Wincer's next venture, Phar Lap, the fact-based story of Australia's greatest race horse and his mysterious death, earned considerable critical acclaim and ranks as one Australia's most popular films. Wincer's next film, One Night Stand, was a chilling black comedy about four young people who find themselves stranded in the Sydney Opera House after the start of WWIII. Wincer made a rather inauspicious Hollywood debut with the bland kidpic D.A.R.Y.L. (1985), but did much better with the Disney made-for-television drama The Girl Who Spelled Freedom for which he earned a Christopher Award. For his work on Lonesome Dove, Wincer won an Emmy for Best Director. The show went on to win six more and was nominated for 18 Emmys. Following his success with Free Willy, Wincer's films have been of decidedly uneven quality. Expand

Simon Wincer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 79 Free Willy
Lowest Metascore: 33 The Cup
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
10 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
33 The Cup May 11, 2012 Director / Producer / Writer tbd
58 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Mar 12, 2004 Director / Director tbd
51 The Young Black Stallion Dec 25, 2003 Director tbd
37 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Apr 20, 2001 Director 5.4
48 Operation Dumbo Drop Jul 28, 1995 Director tbd
79 Free Willy Jul 16, 1993 Director 7.3
36 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Aug 23, 1991 Director tbd
51 Quigley Down Under Oct 19, 1990 Director 7.3
55 Phar Lap Aug 10, 1984 Director tbd
63 The Man from Snowy River Nov 5, 1982 Executive Producer tbd