Phillip Noyce is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed and successful film directors. His first feature, the road movie Backroads (1977) starring Bill Hunter and Gary Foley. In 1978, he directed and co-wrote Newsfront, which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Australian Film Awards. In addition to opening the London Film Festival, Newsfront was the first Australian film to screen at the New York Film Festival.
In 1982, Heatwave, co-written and directed by Noyce and starring Judy Davis, was chosen to screen at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. The success of the Australian produced Dead Calm (1989), starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane brought Noyce to Hollywood, where he directed six films over the next decade, including Patriot Games (1992) Clear And Present Danger (1994) starring Harrison Ford, and The Bone Collector (1999).
In 2002 The Quiet American starred Michael Caine was released, closely followed by Rabbit Proof Fence, which won Best Picture at the Australian Film Awards, and together with The Quiet American garnered Noyce numerous best director awards including National Board of Review in the US and UK’s London Film Critics Circle. In 2006 Noyce directed Tim Robbins and Derek Luke in the South African set political thriller Catch A Fire. Noyce shot the spy thriller Salt in 2010, which grossed $295 million worldwide. In 2014, Noyce directed The Giver starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, The Giver won the Heartland Film’s Truly Moving Picture Award.
Noyce’s television credits include the Australian mini-series The Dismissal as well as The Cowra Breakout, which he also co-wrote. In the US, Noyce directed the pilots for Fox’s Tru Calling and Showtime’s Brotherhood TV series. Noyce directed the pilot for ABC Network’s hit series Revenge, and also directed an episode for HBO drama Luck. He directed HBO movie Mary and Martha, and directed the pilot for NBC’s Crisis, for which he was also an Executive Producer. Phillip directed the opening episode of the four-part miniseries Roots.
Phillip’s most recent feature is Above Suspicion starring Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston.
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