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Fred Schepisi

Fred Schepisi

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Born: December 26, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: Director ...
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Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia
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Spent 18 months in a seminary
1954:
Began working at age 15 as a dispatch boy for a Melbourne advertising agency (date approximate)
1964:
By age 25 he took over a Melbourne advertising agency with two partners (date approximate)
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Worked as director of TV commercials
1966:
Founded The Feature Film House (later The Film House) production company
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Assessed student films at Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1973:
Film directorial debut with "The Priest" segment of anthology film, "Libido"
1976:
Feature film debut as director and producer, "The Devil's Playground"
1978:
Directed and produced most expensive film made in Austrailia up until that time, "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith"; garnered international attention
1982:
First US produced feature, "Barbarosa"
1984:
Helmed "Iceman" about an explorer who discovers a 40,000 year-old man
1985:
Directed the uneven but well-acted adaptation of David Hare's play "Plenty", starring Meryl Streep
1987:
Earned praise for his light touch on "Roxanne", Steve Martin's updated version of "Cyrano de Bergerac"
1988:
Reunited with Streep for "Evil Angels/A Cry in the Dark", based on a true life story of an Australian woman accused of murdering the child she claimed was carried off by a dingo
1990:
Returned to producing with the big screen adaptation of John Le Carre's "The Russia House"; also directed
1993:
Directed the screen adaptation of John Guare's play "Six Degrees of Separation"
1994:
Teamed Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins in the romantic comedy "I.Q.", featuring a splendidly hammy turn by Walter Matthau as Albert Einstein
1994:
Executive produced the Australian-made "That Eye, the Sky"
1997:
Shared directorial duties on "Fierce Creatures", a comedy that reunited much of the cast of "A Fish Called Wanda"
2001:
Helmed the screen version of the award-winning novel "Last Orders", featuring Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine; screened at Toronto Film Festival
2003:
Directed "It Runs in the Family," the first film teaming of Kirk Douglas and his son Michael
2005:
Produced and directed an ensemble cast, including Ed Harris, Helen Hunt and Paul Newman in "Empire Falls," the HBO adaptation of Richard Russo's novel

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