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Fred Schepisi AO (born 26 December 1939) is an Australian film director and screenwriter. His credits include: Last Orders, Roxanne, Plenty, and Six Degrees of Separation.

Schepisi was born Frederic Alan Schepisi in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of fruit dealer Frederic Thomas Schepisi and Loretto Ellen (née Hare). He began his career in advertising and directed both commercials and documentaries before helming his first feature film, The Devil's Playground, in 1976.

Schepisi won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Direction and the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay for both The Devil's Playground and Evil Angels (released in the US as A Cry in the Dark).

In 1991, his film The Russia House was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2005 Schepisi directed and co-produced the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, for which he was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special and the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director of a TV Film.

In April 2008 it was announced Film Finance Corporation Australia was providing funding for Schepisi's film The Last Man, about the final days of the Vietnam War. It is scheduled to begin filming in Queensland, with Guy Pearce and David Wenham in leading roles, towards the end of the year.

Schepisi has also directed a number of music videos, including for the 2008 song "Breathe" by Kaz James featuring Stu Stone.

Asked about the "gypsy-like existence" of a filmmaker, Schepisi has said: "It’s the hardest thing. I think we’re today’s circus people. It’s very hard on your family. [His wife] Mary travels with me and when everyone was younger and it was possible, I liked them to travel with me and be with me. Fortunately, Mary’s an artist; she paints, and often finds inspiration from our locations."

Description above from the Wikipedia article Fred Schepisi, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Fred Schepisi AO (born 26 December 1939) is an Australian film director and screenwriter. His credits include: Last Orders, Roxanne, Plenty, and Six Degrees of Separation.

Schepisi was born Frederic Alan Schepisi in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of fruit dealer Frederic Thomas Schepisi and Loretto Ellen (née Hare). He began his career in advertising and directed both commercials and documentaries before helming his first feature film, The Devil's Playground, in 1976.

Schepisi won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Direction and the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay for both The Devil's Playground and Evil Angels (released in the US as A Cry in the Dark).

In 1991, his film The Russia House was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2005 Schepisi directed and co-produced the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, for which he was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special and the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director of a TV Film.

In April 2008 it was announced Film Finance Corporation Australia was providing funding for Schepisi's film The Last Man, about the final days of the Vietnam War. It is scheduled to begin filming in Queensland, with Guy Pearce and David Wenham in leading roles, towards the end of the year.

Schepisi has also directed a number of music videos, including for the 2008 song "Breathe" by Kaz James featuring Stu Stone.

Asked about the "gypsy-like existence" of a filmmaker, Schepisi has said: "It’s the hardest thing. I think we’re today’s circus people. It’s very hard on your family. [His wife] Mary travels with me and when everyone was younger and it was possible, I liked them to travel with me and be with me. Fortunately, Mary’s an artist; she paints, and often finds inspiration from our locations."

Description above from the Wikipedia article Fred Schepisi, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 20

Birthday 1939-12-26

Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2013 Words and Pictures Director
2011 The Eye of the Storm Director
2005 Empire Falls (2 episodes)Director
2003 It Runs in the Family Director
2001 Last Orders Director
1997 Fierce Creatures Director
1994 I.Q. Director
1993 Six Degrees of Separation Director
1992 Mr. Baseball Director
1990 The Russia House Director
1988 A Cry in the Dark Director
1987 Roxanne Director
1985 Plenty Director
1984 Iceman Director
1982 Barbarosa Director
1978 The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Director
1976 The Devil's Playground Director
1973 Libido Director

Production

2013 Words and Pictures Producer
2005 Empire Falls (2 episodes)Executive Producer
1994 I.Q. Producer
1990 The Russia House Producer
1978 The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Producer

Writing

2001 Last Orders Screenplay
1988 A Cry in the Dark Screenplay
1978 The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Screenplay
1976 The Devil's Playground Writer

Acting

2018 Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible as Himself
2017 Jill Billcock: The Art of Film Editing as Self

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