Australian director and screenwriter P.J. Hogan spent the 1990s virtually putting his trademark on black comedies revolving around marriage-obsessed young women. Hogan had his breakthrough with 1994's Muriel's Wedding, a film of the aforementioned nature that proved to be an international sleeper hit.
Before the film's success, the director, who graduated from the Australian Film and Television School, spent much of the 1980s toiling in relative obscurity and poverty. He did find a bit of early success as the director, writer, and editor of the 1984 short Getting Wet, which won two Australian Film Institute awards. In 1991, Hogan served as the second unit director and script editor on wife Jocelyn Moorhouse's acclaimed Proof; two years later, with virtually no payment, he wrote and directed Muriel's Wedding. The great success of the film, which also helped to launch the careers of actresses Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths, afforded its director recognition on both sides of the Pacific.