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SpouseKerry Heysen
FactHicks' latest film, The Boys Are Back (2009), starring Clive Owen, is the first film directed in South Australia by Hicks since his Academy Award® winning feature Shine (1996).

Scott Hicks is an Australian film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Shine and Snow Falling on Cedars.

Hicks was born in 1952 in Adelaide, South Australia. His parents were both teachers. He has two older sisters. Hicks was educated at Adelaide Boys High School and the University of Adelaide, where he studied economics and law.

After working as a journalist and a lawyer, Hicks began his career in film as a director of photography on the Australian TV series Prisoner in 1979. He later directed episodes of the series Bodyline and Bangkok Hilton.

Hicks’s first feature film as a director was the 1986 drama The Year My Voice Broke. He followed this with the 1988 comedy-drama The Great Outdoors.

In 1996, Hicks directed Shine, a biographical film about pianist David Helfgott. The film was a critical and commercial success, and won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor for Geoffrey Rush.

Hicks’s next film was the 1999 mystery drama Snow Falling on Cedars. The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by David Guterson. It received mixed reviews but was a box office success.

In 2003, Hicks directed the war drama Hearts in Atlantis, based on the novel by Stephen King. The film was a commercial disappointment.

Hicks’s most recent film is the 2011 biographical drama The Eye of the Storm, about author Patrick White. The film received mixed reviews but was a box office bomb.

Hicks has been married three times. His first wife was Australian actress Jane Scott, with whom he has two children. His second wife was American actress Marcia Gay Harden, with whom he has one child. His third wife is Australian producer Lisa Hensley.

Hicks has a net worth of $5 million.

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Full NameScott Hicks
ProfessionFilm director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Television Director
EducationFlinders University


SpouseKerry Heysen
ChildrenJethro Heysen-Hicks, Scott Heysen


AwardsAACTA Award for Best Direction, AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, National Board of Review Award for Best Film, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Direction
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, Satellite Award for Best Director, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Fil...
MoviesThe Lucky One, The Fallen, Shine, No Reservations, Hearts in Atlantis, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Boys Are Back, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, Highly Strung, Sebastian and the Sparrow, Freedom, Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary, Call Me Mr. Brown, Down the Wind, One Last Chan...

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1I've completed a documentary about the composer Philip Glass. It's taken me back to my documentary roots. I decided the only way to get going on this was simply to buy a camera and start shooting with Philip at home with his family and children, making pizza and talking about writing symphonies. OK, so it's another obsessive pianist. It's been a nice 10-year cycle from Shine (1996) to Glass, if you like.
2The interesting thing is I've done all of my post-production back in Australia for all of the American movies, which I really enjoy for personal reasons. But also because it means I can put money into the local industry which has been great... It's part of a little underlying philosophy I have, which is that going to Hollywood is not a one-way ticket, it's a two-way street.
3Nothing is ever going to be the same again. Shine (1996) was a unique experience and very few people are ever lucky to feel that degree of universal acceptance. Very seldom can you say that films change people's lives. As far as the world was concerned, this film came out of nowhere, it really sort of barnstormed across the world. It projected me into a new arena and in the process made a star out of Geoffrey Rush, completely changed David Helfgott's life and Lynn Redgrave's career was kick-started again. There were a number of us involved in this film whose lives were never going to be the same again. It was unique, not in the sense of some sort of fluke, just that it was a dark horse.


1Has directed two actors in Oscar nominated performances: Geoffrey Rush and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Rush won for Shine (1996).
2When Scott Hicks' Shine (1996) debuted at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, it spawned an all-out bidding war.
3Hicks' latest film, The Boys Are Back (2009), starring Clive Owen, is the first film directed in South Australia by Hicks since his Academy Award® winning feature Shine (1996).
4Father of Jethro Heysen-Hicks and Scott Heysen.
5Though Hicks continues to work in Hollywood, after earning 7 Oscar nominations for Shine (1996), Adelaide, South Australia remains Hicks' home. "I love being here (Los Angeles) for a purpose and while Adelaide is about as far away from the business as you can get, I can still make calls", he says.




Highly Strung2015Documentary
The Lucky One2012
The Boys Are Back2009
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts2007Documentary
No Reservations2007
I'm Only Looking: The Best of INXS2004Video documentary video "Don't Change"
Hearts in Atlantis2001
Snow Falling on Cedars1999
The Ultimate Athlete: Pushing the Limit1996TV Movie documentary
The Space Shuttle1994TV Movie documentary
Submarines: Sharks of Steel1993
Finders Keepers1991TV Series 4 episodes
Call Me Mr. Brown1990
The Great Wall of Iron1989TV Series documentary 1989
Sebastian and the Sparrow1988
The INXS: Swing and Other Stories1985Video documentary
Family Tree1985Documentary
One Last Chance1983Documentary short
The Hall of Mirrors: A Festival1982Documentary
No Going Back1981TV Short documentary
Women Artists of Australia1981TV Series documentary 1981
Assertive Skills Training1980Video
Bert Flugelman: Public Sculptor1980Documentary short
You Can't Always Tell1979Documentary short
Down the Wind1975
The Wanderer1974


Highly Strung2015Documentary
Snow Falling on Cedars1999screenplay
The Space Shuttle1994TV Movie documentary
Submarines: Sharks of Steel1993writer
Finders Keepers1991TV Series written by - 1 episode
Call Me Mr. Brown1990
Sebastian and the Sparrow1988writer

Assistant Director

Death Games1980first assistant director
The Club1980first assistant director
Harvest of Hate1979TV Movie second assistant director
The Plumber1979TV Movie second assistant director
Dawn!1979third assistant director
Blue Fin1978second assistant director
Money Movers1978third assistant director


Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts2007Documentary producer
The Ultimate Athlete: Pushing the Limit1996TV Movie documentary producer
Sebastian and the Sparrow1988producer
You Can't Always Tell1979Documentary short producer
Down the Wind1975producer


Highly Strung2015Documentary
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts2007Documentary


The Irishman1978production assistant
Storm Boy1976runner


Freedom1982Man walking through the employment office (uncredited)


Advance Australian Film2014DocumentaryHimself - Red Carpet Interview
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself
Today2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Into the Shadows2009DocumentaryHimself
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
Capturing Reality2008DocumentaryHimself
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts2007DocumentaryHimself (voice)
The Bazura Project2007TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Spotlight on Location: Snow Falling on Cedars2000TV Movie documentaryHimself / Interviewee
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director & Best Original Screenplay
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director


Won Awards

2013Don Dunstan AwardAdelaide Film Festival
1997Golden KeyArt Film FestivalArt Fiction: Best DirectionShine (1996)
1997Directors' Week AwardFantasportoBest DirectorShine (1996)
1997Audience AwardRotterdam International Film FestivalShine (1996)
1996AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest DirectorShine (1996)
1996Jury AwardFt. Lauderdale International Film FestivalBest FilmShine (1996)
1996Audience AwardHawaii International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureShine (1996)
1996Audience Choice AwardSt. Louis International Film FestivalShine (1996)
1996People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalShine (1996)
1996Metro Media AwardToronto International Film FestivalShine (1996)
1994EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in a Craft in News and Documentary Programming - DirectorsSubmarines: Sharks of Steel (1993)
1990LucasLucas - International Festival of Films for Children and Young PeopleChildren's SectionSebastian and the Sparrow (1988)

Nominated Awards

2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorSnow Falling on Cedars (1999)
1997OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorShine (1996)
1997OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenShine (1996)
1997Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureShine (1996)
1997BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmShine (1996)
1997David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsShine (1996)
1997DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesShine (1996)
1997Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeFeature Film CategoryShine (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorShine (1996)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorShine (1996)
1997WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenShine (1996)
1981Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmNo Going Back (1981)

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