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P. J. Hogan
Rebecca Gibney, P. J. Hogan, Deborah Mailman in 2012
Paul John Hogan

(1962-11-30) 30 November 1962 (age 61)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1984–present
SpouseJocelyn Moorhouse

Paul John Hogan (born 30 November 1962)[1] is an Australian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for directing Muriel's Wedding (1994), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), Peter Pan (2003) and Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009).

Early life[edit]

Hogan was born in Brisbane, Queensland. As a teenager, he lived on the North Coast of New South Wales and attended Mt St Patrick's College. He was said to have had a difficult time in high school as he was a victim of bullying. His film Mental is based upon his difficult adolescent years.[2]


Hogan's directorial debut was the short film Getting Wet, made in 1984. This film won him an AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film. He then went on to direct minor films. In 1991, he was the assistant director of the Australian film Proof. In the early 1990s, he wrote for several television series, including The Flying Doctors in 1991 and for Lift Off in 1992.

Hogan's first big hit was the 1994 Australian film Muriel's Wedding, which helped launch the careers of actors Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. He both wrote and directed this film, and was nominated for Best Director at the AACTA Awards. The success of the film also led him to be chosen by Julia Roberts[citation needed] to direct his 1997 American debut My Best Friend's Wedding, which also starred Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney.

Hogan followed this with the comedy Unconditional Love (which was filmed in 1999 but not released until 2003), and 2003's big budget adaptation of Peter Pan, starring Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook, Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan and Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy. Despite positive reviews, the 2003 Peter Pan film failed at the box office. The following year he directed a pilot for a remake of the cult soap opera Dark Shadows, which was not picked up for broadcast, and created the story for the 2008 musical film The American Mall. He then directed Confessions of a Shopaholic (starring Isla Fisher), an adaptation of the novel The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic.[3] In 1999, both Hogan and Moorhouse through Hogan Moorhouse Pictures signed a first look deal with Sony.[4]

In 2012, he reunited with Muriel star Collette for the comedy Mental.[5] Hogan will direct an adaptation of Blue Balliett's book Chasing Vermeer.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hogan is married to film director Jocelyn Moorhouse. They have four children, two of whom are autistic.[7][8]

In April 2019, Moorhouse spoke on the ABC Television program Australian Story about how their relationship had developed and how having the children had affected their personal and professional lives, including a move back to Australia from the US.[9][10]



Year Title Director Writer Notes
1984 Getting Wet Yes Yes Short film
1986 The Humpty Dumpty Man Yes Yes
1988 To Make a Killing No Yes
1994 Muriel's Wedding Yes Yes Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Yes No
2002 Unconditional Love Yes Yes
2003 Peter Pan Yes Yes
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Yes No
2012 Mental Yes Yes Nominated- AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
2015 The Dressmaker No Yes Also executive producer


Year Title Director Writer Notes
1987 The Bartons No Yes Episode "The Siege of the Bartons"
1990 The Flying Doctors No Yes Episode "Poets' Corner"
Skirts No Yes
1991 The Miraculous Mellops No Yes 2 episodes
1992 Lift Off No Yes
1993 Seven Deadly Sins Yes No Episode "Sloth"
2004 Dark Shadows Yes No Unaired pilot
2008 The American Mall No Yes TV movie


  1. ^ NNDB
  2. ^ Theweekendedition.com.au
  3. ^ P.J. Hogan to Direct Shopaholic - ComingSoon.net
  4. ^ Carver, Benedict (29 January 1999). "Oz pix pair wed best friend Sony". Variety. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Mental starts to walk red carpet at AIMC opening night" (PDF). Australian International Movie Convention. 20 July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  6. ^ Tyler, Joshua (19 July 2012). "Mental Page on Toni Collette Online". Toni Collette Online. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  7. ^ THR Staff (6 January 2016). "Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Actress Roundtable With Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson and More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  8. ^ Neill, Rosemary (26 September 2015). "Dressmaker director Jocelyn Moorhouse on Kate Winslet and Eucalyptus". The Australian. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  9. ^ Hassell, Greg (15 April 2019). "Filmmakers Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan juggle movies and having children with autism". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Australian Story (iview)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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