Phillip Noyce


29 Apr 1950


Griffith, New South Wales, Australia


Born in the Australian outback town of Griffith, New South Wales, Phillip Noyce moved to Sydney with his family 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 18 when he made his first film, the 15-minute "Better to Reign in Hell," utilizing a unique financing scheme selling roles in the movie to his friends.

In 1973 he was selected to attend the Australian National Film School in its inaugural year. Here, he made "Castor and Pollux," a 50 minute documentary which won the award for best Australian short film of 1974.

Noyce's first professional film was the 50-minute docudrama "God Knows Why, But It Works" in 1975. This helped pave the way for his first feature, the road movie "Backroads" (1977) which starred Australian Aboriginal activist Gary Foley and iconic Australian actor Bill Hunter who would go on to appear in 2 other Noyce films. In 1978, he directed and co-wrote "Newsfront," which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Australian Film Awards, as well as proving a huge commercial hit in Australia. 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 (1982), co-written and directed by Noyce and starring Judy Davis, was chosen to screen at the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

The success of the Australian produced Dead Calm (1989), starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane brought Noyce to Hollywood, where he directed 6 films over the next decade, including Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994) starring Harrison Ford, and The Bone Collector (1999), starring Oscar© winners Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

In 2002 Noyce returned to his native Australia, where released two films worldwide at almost the same time.

The Quiet American (2002) starred Michael Caine in an Academy nominated Best Actor performance and appeared on over 20 top ten lists for 2002, including the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) was based on the true story of three Aboriginal girls abducted from their families by Australian authorities in 1931 as part of an official government policy. The film won Best Picture at the Australian Film Awards, and together with The Quiet American garnered Noyce numerous best director awards including National Board of Review in the US and UK's London Film Critics Circle.

In 2006 Noyce directed Tim Robbins and Derek Luke in the South African set political thriller Catch a Fire (2006).

2010 Saw Noyce re-teaming with Angelina Jolie for his biggest box-office hit, the spy thriller Salt (2010), which grossed $295 million worldwide.

Noyce's television credits include the Australian mini-series "The Dismissal" as well as "The Cowra Breakout," which he also co-wrote. In the US, Noyce directed the pilots for Fox's "Tru Calling" and Showtime's "Brotherhood" TV series. In 2011, Noyce directed the pilot for ABC Network's current hit series, "Revenge."

Actor ( 20 credits )

Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Australians Hit Hollywood (2009) Himself
Sweating It Out: The Making of Heatwave (2007) Himself
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Anatomy of a Scene (2001)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 2002)
Camera (2000) Himself
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Bone Collector (1999) Customer in Antique Bookshop (uncredited)
The Panel (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
Sliver (1993) Shaving Man (uncredited)
The Media Show (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Tausend Augen (1984) Mann in der Fähre
Making Weekend of Summer Last (1980) Out of Work Actor (uncredited)
God Knows Why, But It Works (1976)
Renegades: Fragments from a Diary of Three Years Experience 1970-73 (1974)
That's Showbiz (1973)
Homesdale (1971) Neville
Or Forever Hold Your Peace (1970) Himself

Producer ( 15 credits )

Crisis (2014) executive producer (13 episodes, 2014)
Revenge (2011) consulting producer / executive producer (22 episodes,
Lights Out (2011) executive producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Tru Calling (2003) executive producer (1 episode, 2003)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) producer
Backroads (1977) producer
Finks Makes Movies (1975) producer
Renegades: Fragments from a Diary of Three Years Experience 1970-73 (1974) producer
Caravan Park (1973) producer
Intersection (1971) producer
Memories (1971) producer
Sun (1971) producer
Camera Class (1971) producer
Good Afternoon (1971) producer
Better to Reign in Hell (1969) producer

Writer ( 2 credits )

Heatwave (1982)
Newsfront (1978) (screenplay)

Director ( 43 credits )

The Giver (2014)
Crisis (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
Revenge (2011) (2 episodes, 2011)
Luck (2011) (1 episode, 2012)
Salt (2010)
Catch a Fire (2006)
Brotherhood (2006) (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Welcome to São Paulo (2004) (segment "Marca Zero")
Tru Calling (2003) (1 episode, 2003)
The Quiet American (2002)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
The Bone Collector (1999)
The Repair Shop (1998) (pilot)
The Saint (1997)
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Sliver (1993)
Patriot Games (1992)
Nightmare Cafe (1992) (1 episode, 1992)
Blind Fury (1989)
Dead Calm (1989)
Echoes of Paradise (1987)
The Hitchhiker (1983) (5 episodes, 1985-1989)
Heatwave (1982)
Sue and Mario: The Italian Australians (1979)
Bali: Island of the Gods (1979)
Newsfront (1978)
Tapak Dewata Java (1978)
Backroads (1977)
Disco (1977)
God Knows Why, But It Works (1976)
Finks Makes Movies (1975)
Renegades: Fragments from a Diary of Three Years Experience 1970-73 (1974)
Castor and Pollux (1973)
That's Showbiz (1973)
Caravan Park (1973)
Intersection (1971)
Memories (1971)
Sun (1971)
Camera Class (1971)
Good Afternoon (1971)
Home (1971)
Better to Reign in Hell (1969)
Above Suspicion (0)