Country Of Origin original Daybill movie poster / Artwork by Noel Stapleton. The Year of Living Dangerously was directed and co-written by Peter Weir. David Williamson also wrote the screenplay that was adapted from Christopher Koch's 1978 novel of the same name. The film stars Mel Gibson as an Australian journalist, and Sigourney Weaver as a British Embassy officer. It also stars Linda Hunt as the male dwarf Billy Kwan, Hamilton's local photographer contact, a role for which Hunt won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.The film was shot in both Australia and the Philippines and includes Australian actors Bill Kerr as Colonel Henderson and Noel Ferrier as Wally O'Sullivan.