Academy AwardÂ®-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 OscarÂ® for his performance as the pianist David Helfgott in
"Shine," which drew acclaim from critics around the world.
"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
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.
wife, Jane Menelaus, plays Sade's estranged wife in "QUILLS."
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