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Biography #2 (for The Quiet American)

Phillip Noyce is one of Hollywood' s leading motion picture directors. An Australian native, Noyce first came to prominence with Dead Calm (1989), starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane. His films include the political thrillers Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, starring Harrison Ford, Sliver (Sharon Stone), The Saint (Val Kilmer) and The Bone Collector, starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington.

At the start of 2001, Noyce wrapped production on Rabbit-Proof Fence, his first Australian project after 12 years in Holly wood. The film was directed and produced by Noyce, through his production company Rumbalara Films. Rabbit-Proof Fence is slated for a November 2002 release.

Born in Griffith in New South Wales, Australia, Noyce made his first short film at age 17. In 1973 he was to attend the Australian National Film School in its inaugural year. During his first year at film school he made Castor and Pollux, a 50-minute documentary that won the award for Best Australian Short Film of The Year. Noyce's first professional film was God Knows Why But It Works in 1975. This film helped pave the way for Noyce's first feature film in 1977, entitled Backroads.

In 1978 he directed and co-wrote Newsfront, which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay awards in Au stralia. 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 prestigious Director's fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

Noyce's television credits include the Australian mini-series The Dismissal and The Cowra Breakout, which he also co-wrote.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "The Quiet American" (19-Feb-2003)


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