SCOTT HICKS is an internationally acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter who has been nominated for and won many prestigious awards for his work. His 1996 film ‘Shine’ was an international box office sensation and was nominated for seven Academy® Awards, including two personal nominations for Scott for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, with Geoffrey Rush winning Best Actor. ‘Shine’ also received numerous BAFTA and AFI awards and nominations from the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. He received an Emmy in 1994 for his direction of the documentary series ‘Submarines: Sharks of Steel’, and his film ‘Sebastian and the Sparrow’ (1988) won awards at three international film festivals.
Hicks’ first studio film ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’ (1999) starring Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow and Sam Shepard, was also nominated for an Academy® Award. This was followed in 2001 by the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘Hearts in Atlantis’ starring Anthony Hopkins. His most recent Hollywood project ‘No Reservations’ starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, grossed $100 million world-wide, and was Village Roadshow’s most profitable film for 2007.
Following this, Hicks embarked on a more personal project, shooting a feature length documentary about the iconic composer – Philip Glass. ‘GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts’ (http://www.glassthemovie.com) was theatrically released in the U.S. to great acclaim, including being shortlisted for Academy® Award consideration. In Australia, ‘GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts’ won the AFI Award for Best Feature Length Documentary in December 2009.
Most recently, Hicks directed ‘The Boys Are Back’ starring Clive Owen. This is the first film he has made in Australia since ‘Shine’. ‘The Boys Are Back’ received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 with a Special Presentation gala screening. For the Australian release in November 2009, Hicks organised for the film to be premiered in his hometown of Adelaide with a fundraising charity event to benefit the Tutti Ensemble.
Other aspects of his work include extensive success in the world of American television commercials (which he terms “multi-million dollar mini-movies”) – one of which was inducted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Hicks is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He lives with his wife and collaborator/producer Kerry Heysen in Adelaide, South Australia where they maintain their own Yacca Paddock Vineyard (http://www.yaccapaddock.com) on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Also an accomplished photographer, Hicks has had three exhibitions of his work, which can be viewed at www.scotthickspix.com.
Scott was appointed South Australian of the Year for 1999 and Australian of the Year for South Australia in 2008, both high accolades from his home state. A keen supporter of the arts, he is patron of the the Tutti Choir (http://www.tutti.org.au) and the Helpmann Academy Foundation (http://www.helpmannacademy.com.au).
Photographer: Matt Nettheim