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QUILLS

Academy Award®-winner GEOFFREY RUSH plays the Marquis De Sade, perhaps the most infamous free spirit the world has ever known, in his final days at the Charenton Asylum. Rush won the Best Actor Oscar® for his performance as the pianist David Helfgott in "Shine," which drew acclaim from critics around the world.

Since "Shine," Rush has been in demand on the screen, starring memorably in two Oscar-winning period films: "Shakespeare in Love," which won Best Picture, and Shekar Kapur's "Elizabeth." He also starred with his "Elizabeth" co-star Cate Blanchett in Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar and Lucinda." Other recent roles include Inspector Javert in "Les Miserables" with Liam Neeson, "The House on Haunted Hill" and "Mystery Man."

An acclaimed and distinguished stage actor, Rush's career has spanned over 70 theatrical productions. He began by studying mime, movement and theatre in Paris in the 1970s, returning to Australia to play the fool in Warren Mitchell's "King Lear" and starring with the young Mel Gibson in "Waiting for Godot." He then joined Jim Sharman's Lighthouse ensemble company, playing many classic roles throughout the early 80s.

He went on to star in several acclaimed Australian feature film productions, including Gillian Armstrong's "Starstruck," Neil Armfield's "Twelfth Night," George Whaley's "On Our Selection" and "Children of the Revolution" starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill.

Rush's real-life wife, Jane Menelaus, plays Sade's estranged wife in "QUILLS."

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