Phillip Noyce (born 29 April 1950) is an Australian director, producer, and screenwriter of film and television. Since 1977, he has directed over 19 feature films in various genres, including historical drama (Newsfront, Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Quiet American), thrillers (Dead Calm, Sliver, The Bone Collector), and action films (Blind Fury, The Saint, Salt). He has also directed the Jack Ryan adaptations Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994) and the 2014 adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver.
Noyce at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
|Born||29 April 1950|
Griffith, New South Wales,
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
Australian Film, Television and Radio School
The Cowra Breakout
The Quiet American
|Spouse(s)||Vuyo Dyasi (2006–present)|
Jan Sharp (1979–2004)
Jan Chapman (1971–1977)
Best Director, 1979
Best Screenplay, 1979
Best Film, 2003
He has worked with such actors as Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington, Michael Caine, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Rutger Hauer and others. He has also directed, written, and executive-produced television programmes in both Australia and North America, including The Cowra Breakout, Vietnam, Revenge, Roots, and most-recently Netflix's What/If.
Life and career
Noyce was born in Griffith, New South Wales, attended high school at Barker College, Sydney, and began making short films at the age of 18. A poster for a screening of “underground” films had captured his imagination and the 16 US and Australian experimental films ignited something else. Four months later he shot his first short film, the 15 minute Better to Reign in Hell financed by selling roles to his friends.
In 1969, Noyce became the manager of the Sydney Filmmakers Co-op, a collective of filmmakers. With Jan Chapman, he ran the Filmmaker's Cinema for three years atop a socialist bookshop in Sydney, screening the short films of the directors who would go on to form the Australian New Wave: Gillian Armstrong, Peter Weir, Bruce Beresford, George Miller, Paul Cox. These were a generation of boomers who had grown up rarely seeing an Australian film, as British and American interests controlled distribution and exhibition Australia wide.
After graduating from Sydney University, he joined the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1973, and released his first professional film in 1975. Many of his films feature espionage, as Noyce grew up listening to his father's stories of serving with the Australian Commando unit Z Force during World War II.
After his debut feature, the medium-length Backroads (1977), Noyce achieved huge commercial and critical success with Newsfront (1978), which won Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards for Best Film, Director, Actor, Screenplay, and opened the London Film Festival and was the first Australian film to play at the New York Film Festival.
Noyce worked on two miniseries for Australian television with fellow Australian filmmaker George Miller: The Dismissal (1983) and The Cowra Breakout (1984). Miller also produced the film that brought Noyce to the attention of Hollywood studios – Dead Calm (1988) which launched the career of Nicole Kidman.
Moving with his young family to the United States in 1991, Noyce directed five films over the following eight years, of which Clear and Present Danger, starring Harrison Ford, was the most successful, critically and commercially, grossing $216 million. After 1999's Bone Collector starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington, Noyce decided to return to his native Australia for Stolen Generations saga Rabbit-Proof Fence, which won the AFI Award for Best Film in 2002. He has described Rabbit-Proof Fence as "easily" his proudest moment as a director: "Showing that film to various Aboriginal communities around the country and seeing their response, because it gave validity to the experiences of the stolen generations." Although independently financed, the film was a huge hit with Australian audiences and sold worldwide.
Noyce was also lauded for The Quiet American, the 2002 adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, which gave Michael Caine an Academy Award Best Actor nomination and earned best director awards from London Film Critics' Circle and National Board of Review in the US. After the Apartheid-set Catch a Fire (2006) in South Africa, Noyce decided to make another big budget studio film with 2010's Salt starring Angelina Jolie, which proved to be his biggest commercial hit to date, making nearly $300 million worldwide.
In 2011, Noyce directed and executive produced the pilot for the ABC series Revenge and has since directed numerous TV pilots, including Netflix's What/If starring Renée Zellweger which was released on Netflix in May 2019.
Noyce has been married three times. He was married to film producer Jan Chapman from 1971 to 1977. From 1979 to 2004, he was married to producer Jan Sharp, with whom he has two children. He is now married to designer Vuyo Dyasi, with whom he has two children: a son, Luvuyo and a daughter, Ayanda.
Noyce was an avid supporter of the Labor government of Gough Whitlam.
|1969||Better to Reign in Hell||Yes||Yes|
|Castor and Pollux||Yes|
|1974||Renegades: Fragments from a Diary of Three Years Experience 1970-73||Yes||Yes|
|1975||Finks Make Movies||Yes||Yes|
|1978||Tapak Dewata Java||Yes|
|1979||Sue and Mario: The Italian Australians||Yes|
|Bali: Island of the Gods||Yes|
|1980||Fact and Fiction||Yes||Television film|
|Three Vietnamese Stories||Yes|
Director - Episode: "Part Two"
|1984||The Cowra Breakout||Yes||Yes||Miniseries|
Director - 3 episodes
Producer - 5 episodes
|1985-89||The Hitchhiker||Yes||Director - 5 episodes|
|1992||Nightmare Cafe||Yes||Director - Episode: "Pilot"|
|1998||The Repair Shop||Yes||Failed pilot|
|2003||Tru Calling||Yes||Exec.||Director - Episode: "Pilot"|
Executive producer - 2 episodes
|2006-07||Brotherhood||Yes||Exec.||Director - 2 episodes|
Executive producer - 3 episodes
|2011-12||Revenge||Yes||Yes||Director - 2 episodes|
Consulting producer - 21 episodes
Executive producer - 2 episodes
|2011||Lights Out||Exec.||Executive producer - 3 episodes|
|Luck||Yes||Director - Episode: "Ace Meets With a Colleague"|
|2013||Mary and Martha||Yes||Television film|
|2014||Crisis||Yes||Director - Episode: "Pilot"|
Executive producer - 13 episodes
Director - Episode: "Part 1"
|2018||The Resident||Yes||Director - 2 episodes|
Executive producer - 40 episodes
|2019||What/If||Yes||Exec.||Director - 2 episodes|
- Simmonds and Newcombe (late 1970s) – about the manhunt for Simmonds and Newcombe
- King Hit (late 1970s) – about the dismissal of the Whitlam government
- Maltin, Leonard. Phillip Noyce Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia, imdb.com. Retrieved 16 August 2005.
- Brian McFarlane, Geoff Mayer, Ina Bertrand (Ed.) (1999). The Oxford companion to Australian film. Melbourne, Australia ; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-553797-1.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Petzke, Ingo: Backroads To Hollywood – Phillip Noyce. Pan Macmillan (Sydney) 2004
- Petzke, Ingo. Great Directors – Phillip Noyce Senses of Cinema. Retrieved 10 February 2007.
- Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide By Yoram Allon, Hannah Patterson, Del Cullen. Entry on Phillip Noyce Look inside at Google Book search