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Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

Films of Phillip Noyce Celebrated in Retrospective Section of IFFI

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Phillip Noyce is probably one of the most famous directors to make a mark on the silver screen and have audiences worldwide. His films are being celebrated at the 42nd edition of IFFI in the Retrospective section. The films being screened include ‘The Quiet American’, ‘Backroads’, ‘Catch a fire’, ‘Clear and Present Danger’ and ‘Newsfront’. Born in Australia, Noyce made his first movie at the young age of 18. In 1973, he made ‘Castor and Pollux’ which won the award for the best Australian short film of 1974. In 1978, he directed and co-wrote ‘Newsfront’ which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Australian Film Awards. In addition to opening the London Film Festival, it was also the first Australian film to be screened at the New York Film Festival. What followed is history. 2002 saw two of his films being releases at almost the same time, ‘The Quiet American’ and ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’. They garnered Noyce numerous Best Director awards including National Board of Review in the US and UK’s London Film Critics Circle. In 2010, Noyce reteamed with Angelina Jolie for his biggest box-office hit, the spy thriller ‘Salt’, which grossed $295 million worldwide. ‘The Quiet American’ is a love triangle set in the backdrop of Vietnamese war of Liberation from the French colonial powers. It won him the title of Best Director at the National Board of Review, 2002. ‘Backroads’ is the story of an Aussie male duo who steal a car and joyride their way across the outback of New South Wales before coming to the inevitable end of all good movie outlaws. It is an existentialist road movie that stands besides the very best American examples of the genre. ‘Catch a Fire’ is the story of transformation of a simple, apolitical man who becomes a rebel fighter and political operative in African National Congress. The movie is set in the apartheid regime of South Africa. ‘Clear and Present Danger’, on the other hand is the adventures of Ryan, a CIA agent and is the third film in the Jack Ryan series. The film ‘Newsfront’ is set between the years 1949 and 1956. It tracks the destinies of two brothers, their adventures and misadventures placed in the context of sweeping social and political changes in their native Australia.

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