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PHILLIP NOYCE has directed a string of suspense thrillers, including Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games, both starring Harrison Ford; and Dead Calm, starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane.

Born in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia, Noyce moved to Sydney at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was introduced to underground films produced on shoestring budgets as well as mainstream American movies. He was 17 when he made his first short film, Better to Reign in Hell, which he financed by selling roles to friends. While attending the Australian National Film School, he made several films, including a 50-minute documentary Castor and Pollux, which 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, which helped pave the way for his first feature, the critically-acclaimed, low-budget Backroads. In 1978 he directed and co-wrote Newsfront, which won awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in Australia. In addition to opening the London Film Festival, Newsfront was the first Australian film to screen at the New York Film Festival.

Heatwave, which Noyce also co-wrote, starred Judy Davis and was presented in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. He then directed Shadows of the Peacock/Echoes of Paradise, followed by the breakthrough Dead Calm, which catapulted him to Hollywood.

Noyce's television credits include the Australian miniseries The Dismissal, as well as The Cowra Breakout, which he also co-wrote.


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