Simon Wincer
Wincer interviewed on in 2011
Born1943 (age 80–81)
Sydney, Australia
EducationCranbrook School, Sydney
OccupationFilm director
Years active1965–present
AwardsChristopher Award

Simon Wincer (born 1943) is an Australian film and television director.[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 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 Notes
1971–1975 Matlock Police 17 episodes;
Also writer and assistant director
1972 Division 4 15 episodes
1973 Ryan 4 episodes
1974–1976 Homicide 5 episodes;
Also assistant director
1975 Cash and Company 4 episodes
1976 The Sullivans 4 episodes
The Lost Islands 1 episode
Tandarra 7 episodes
The Box 1 episode
1977–1978 Chopper Squad 5 episodes;
Also writer
1977–1980 Young Ramsay 5 episodes
1979 Skyways 2 episodes
Bailey's Bird
1979–1980 Prisoner: Cell Block H 4 episodes
1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1 episode
1992–1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 6 episodes
2001 Ponderosa 1 episode

TV movies


Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Category Result
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 Best Television Feature Film Won
2005 Online Film & Television Association Award Into the West 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.