An Emmy, Peabody and AFI award-winning film director, Scott Hicks has also been nominated for two Academy Awards as director and writer, and British Academy Awards for directing and Best Film. His Academy Award-winning film ‘Shine’ was nominated for a total of 7 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes, 9 BAFTAS and won 9 AFI awards including Best Film. This box-office sensation was the culmination of 20 years’ work in the film industry since graduating from Adelaide’s Flinders University in 1974.
A succession of Hollywood studio films has followed: ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’ (with Ethan Hawke and Max von Sydow) ‘Hearts in Atlantis’ (with Anthony Hopkins),‘No Reservations’ (with Catherine Zeta-Jones), and ‘The Lucky One’ (with Zac Efron). Integral to all of this work has been the four-decade collaboration with his wife, producer Kerry Heysen.
Scott has also directed three Australian productions in recent years : ‘Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts’ on his friend and collaborator Philip Glass (which he also filmed and produced) and ‘The Boys Are Back’ with Clive Owen which he filmed in South Australia. ‘Glass’ was shortlisted for Academy Award nomination, and won the Best Documentary AFI Award. His documentary ‘Highly Strung’ opened the Adelaide film Festival in 2015.
‘Fallen’ (based on the best-selling novel) was an independent American film shot in Hungary. Other aspects of his work include extensive success in the world of American television commercials – one of which was inducted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Scott also directed several rock clips which helped to break INXS into the US market.
Scott was honoured as South Australian of the Year in 1999 and then as Australian of the Year for South Australia in 2008, high accolades from his home state.
An energetic supporter of the arts, he is Patron of the Helpmann Academy Foundation, and a sought-after public speaker. He is also an accomplished photographer with four solo exhibitions to his credit. A keen cyclist and bibliophile, Scott has been known to escape from film meetings to his beloved Yacca Paddock Vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, in time to chase kangaroos off the vines at dusk in his Gator ATV.
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