Director known for his diverse body of work, which included the films Dead Calm, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and The Bone Collector.
He began making short films at the age of 18 using his friends as actors.
His film Rabbit-Proof Fence won the AFI Award for Best Film in 2002 and was described by him as his proudest moment as a director.
He was married to film producer Jan Chapman from 1971 to 1977.
His 1989 thriller Dead Calm turned Nicole Kidman into a star.