Peter Weir’s film career has spread over five decades, earned him a total of six Oscar nominations, and has seen him work with big name stars Sigourney Weaver (The Year of Living Dangerously), Harrison Ford (Witness and The Mosquito Coast), Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society), Jeff Bridges (Fearless), Jim Carrey (The Truman Show), and Russell Crowe (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). His latest film, The Way Back, is one of his proudest achievements though.

Based on Slavomir Rawicz’s memoir The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, the film depicts the 4000 mile journey he and several other men took escaping a Siberian prison during World War II, eventually making their way to freedom in India. Starring Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, and Saoirse Ronan, it’s an intense and epic journey, and Weir masterfully presents it onscreen making the audience feel as if they are part of the tortuous trek. spoke with Weir about the film and his thoughts on the current state of Hollywood. Watch the full interview below.

The Way Back is in theatres on January 21.