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Phillip Noyce Phillip Noyce i(A66680 works by) (a.k.a. Phillip Roger Noyce)
Born: Established: 1950 Griffith, Griffith (NSW) area, Riverina - Murray area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Before becoming a world-renowned film director, Phillip Noyce worked as an actor, camera operator and production assistant with many Australian film directors between 1970 and 1976. He was among the first intake of students to the Australian Film and Television School in 1973.

Early in his directing career, he directed a series of social documentary short films for Film Australia and the Social Education Materials Project. These included Greg (1976), Amy (1976) and Mick (1976).

As well as the Australian films listed, he has also directed a number of feature films in the United States of America, including Patriot Games (1992), Sliver (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994), The Saint (1997), The Bone Collector (1999), The Quiet American (2002) and Catch a Fire (2006).

He directed at least 21 non-feature films between 1969 and 1980, and numerous radio and television commercials and television series episodes from 1980 onwards. He also edited Futures in Education (1986), a report of a national conference on trends in education.

In 2016, Noyce was one of two Australian directors (along with Bruce Beresford) to work on the American reboot of Alex Haley's novel Roots.

Most Referenced Works


  • Phillip Noyce was presented with the Australian Screen Directors Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Direction in April, 2006.

Personal Awards

2017 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Australian Film Institute Awards Longford Lyell Achievement Award
2005 Ken G. Hall Preservation Award For his outstanding contribution to the art of film and to the cause of film preservation, particularly through the authentic treatment of archival footage in his 1978 film Newsfront, his long-term commitment to the preservation of his works through the National Film and Sound Archive, and his championing of the NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection.

Awards for Works

Newsfront 1978 single work film/TV

Beginning in Australia in the late 1940s, when movie theatres were the only source of audiovisual news coverage, the narrative follows the exploits of Len Maguire and his young sidekick Chris as they cover the big news stories for the Cinetone newsreel company. Len is a doggedly dependable and ever-cautious senior cameraman, trapped in a world of changing values. Len always knows the right thing to do, but becomes troubled as his marriage falters, his job becomes threatened by the arrival of television, and Cinetone is taken over and its work marginalised. Len's loyalties to the Catholic Church, the Labor Party, and his family are juxtaposed against both his brother/rival cameraman Frank--who sells out his values, abandons his responsibilities, and heads off to success in the USA--and his cocky young assistant, Chris.

The first feature film for Phillip Noyce, Newsfront also depicts the increasing changes to the Australian cultural and political landscape, tracing social shifts from the first waves of European post-war immigration through to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

1978 Winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Screenplay, Original Awarded to Bob Ellis, Anne Brooksbank, and Phillip Noyce.
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