Phillip Noyce

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Phillip Noyce
Phillip Noyce by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Noyce at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
Born (1950-04-29) 29 April 1950 (age 63)
Griffith, New South Wales
Australia
Spouse(s) Vuyo Dyasi (2006–present)
Jan Sharp (1979–2004)
Jan Chapman (1971–1977)

Phillip Noyce (born 29 April 1950) is an Australian film director.

Life and career[edit]

Noyce was born in Griffith, New South Wales, attended high school at Barker College, Sydney, and began making short films at the age of 18, starting with Better to Reign in Hell, using his friends as the cast. After graduating from Sydney University, he joined the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1973, and released his first professional film in 1975. Many of his films feature espionage, as Noyce grew up listening to his father's stories of serving with the Australian Commando unit Z Force during World War II.[1]

After his debut feature, the medium-length Backroads (1977), Noyce achieved huge commercial and critical success with Newsfront (1978), which won Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards for Best Film, Director, Actor, and Screenplay.

Noyce worked on two miniseries for Australian television with fellow Australian filmmaker George Miller: The Dismissal (1983) and The Cowra Breakout (1984).

Miller also produced the film that brought Noyce to the attention of Hollywood studios – Dead Calm (1989) which turned Nicole Kidman into a star.

Moving with his young family to America in 1991, Noyce directed five films over the following eight years, of which Clear and Present Danger, starring Harrison Ford, was the most successful, critically and commercially, grossing $216 million.

After 1999's The Bone Collector starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington, Noyce decided to return to his native Australia for Stolen Generations sagaRabbit-Proof Fence, which won the AFI Award for Best Film in 2002. He has described Rabbit-Proof Fence as "easily" his proudest moment as a director: "Showing that film to various Aboriginal communities around the country and seeing their response, because it gave validity to the experiences of the stolen generations."[2] Although independently financed, the film was a huge hit with Australian audiences and sold worldwide.

Noyce was also lauded for The Quiet American, the 2002 adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, which gave Michael Caine an Academy Award Best Actor nomination and earned best director awards from London Film Critics' Circle and National Board of Review in the US. After the Apartheid-set Catch a Fire (2006) in South Africa, Noyce decided to make another big budget studio film with 2010's Salt starring Angelina Jolie, which proved to be his biggest commercial hit to date, making nearly $300 million worldwide.[1]

In Spring 2011, Noyce directed and executive produced the ABC pilot Revenge, which is now entering its fourth season.

In 2013, Noyce directed and executive produced the NBC pilot Crisis, which went to series. Later that year he returned to South Africa for The Giver starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites, which opens in the US on August 15th, 2014 from The Weinstein Company.

In early 2015, Noyce will direct the film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel American Pastoral.[3]

Personal[edit]

Noyce was an avid supporter of the Labor government of Gough Whitlam.[citation needed]

He was married to film producer Jan Chapman 1971–1977. From 1979 to 2004 he was married to producer Jan Sharp, with whom he has two children. He is presently married to designer Vuyo Dyasi, with whom he has two children: a son, Luvuyo and a daughter, Ayanda.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Unmade Films[edit]

  • Simmonds and Newcombe (late 1970s) – about the manhunt for Simmonds and Newcombe[4]
  • King Hit (late 1970s) – about the dismissal of the Whitlam government

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Phillip Noyce: Salt – The Treatment". KCRW. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Steve Dow, Journalist". Stevedow.com.au. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Noyce returns to the theme of the outsider". Inside Film Magazine. 27 Feb 2014. Retrieved 14 Apr 2014. 
  4. ^ Rod Bishop & Peter Beilby, "Ken Cameron", Cinema Papers, March–April 1979 p 257-258

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