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Alex Proyas is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Australien born on 23 september 1963 at Cairo (Egypte)

Alex Proyas

Alex Proyas
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Birth name Alexander Proyas
Nationality Australie
Birth 23 september 1963 (56 years) at Cairo (Egypte)

Alexander "Alex" Proyas (born 23 September 1963) is an Egyptian-born Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Proyas is best known for directing the films The Crow (1994), Dark City (1998), I, Robot (2004), and Knowing (2009) and for employing stylish photographic techniques in his films, with dark overtones usually in a post-apocalyptic setting.

Biography

Né en Égypte en 1963 de parents d'origine grecque, Alex Proyas émigre vers l'Australie à l'âge de 3 ans. Il entre à l'Australian Film and Television School de Sydney à 17 ans. Il y réalise un court-métrage qui reçoit de nombreux prix, et fonde aussitôt sa propre société de production : Meaningful Eye Contact. Il devient l'un des réalisateurs de clips les plus importants des années 1980 et 1990, et travaille pour INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Joe Jackson, Cutting Crew, Yes, etc. Il travaille également dans la publicité et réalise de nombreuses campagnes pour Nike, Coca-Cola, Nestea, Swatch, Nissan, etc.

Son premier long métrage, Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Cloud sort en 1989. Mais c'est avec The Crow en 1994 qu'il se fait vraiment remarquer. Très critiqué, le film devient culte pour de nombreux adorateurs du comics d'origine. Le film défraye également la chronique à cause de la mort de Brandon Lee au cours du tournage (par un morceau de vraie balle resté coincé dans un pistolet chargé à blanc qui avait servi peu de temps avant avec de vraies balles).

En 1994, son court métrage Book of Dreams - Welcome to Crateland est nommé pour la Palme d'or à Cannes dans la catégorie Meilleur court métrage.

En 2008, Dark City, ressort en Blu-ray et DVD dans une édition Director's cut.

Best films

I, Robot (2004)
(Director)
Knowing (2009)
(Director)
The Crow (1994)
(Director)

Usually with

Bruce Spence
Bruce Spence
(2 films)
Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
(2 films)
Jeff Imada
Jeff Imada
(1 films)
Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Alex Proyas (8 films)

Display filmography as list

Director

Gods of Egypt, 2h7
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films based on mythology, Mythologie égyptienne
Actors Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Courtney Eaton
Rating54% 2.7000852.7000852.7000852.7000852.700085
The film portrays a conflict between the gods Set (Gerard Butler) and Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as they battle for control of the Nile River Valley.
Knowing
Knowing (2009)
, 1h56
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Lara Robinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Nadia Townsend
Rating61% 3.098653.098653.098653.098653.09865
In 1959, student Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson) hears whispers as she stares at the sun. When her class is chosen to contribute to the school's time capsule, each child is asked to draw what they believe the future will look like. Lucinda writes a page of seemingly random numbers and adds it to her elementary school's time capsule, which is set to be opened in 50 years. Lucinda's teacher calls for the pupils to finish but Lucinda continues before her teacher takes it off her desk unfinished. Lucinda then goes missing after the time capsule is dedicated, and is found by her teacher, Mrs. Taylor (Danielle Carter), in a utility closet scratching numbers into the door with her fingernails bleeding.
I, Robot
I, Robot (2004)
, 1h41
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Films about computing, Transport films, Motocyclette, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Robot films
Actors Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell, Chi McBride, Alan Tudyk
Rating70% 3.547713.547713.547713.547713.54771
In 2035, humanoid robots serve humanity. Humans are protected from the robots by the Three Laws of Robotics. Del Spooner (Smith), a Chicago police detective, distrusts robots after a car crash ended in a robot rescuing him and leaving a preteen girl to die, based on statistical likelihood of survival. After the accident, Spooner received a cybernetic left arm, lung, and ribs, personally implanted by the co-founder of U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men (USR), Dr. Alfred Lanning (Cromwell), who Spooner has befriended.
Garage Days, 1h40
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Action, Musical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Kick Gurry, Pia Miranda, Russell Dykstra, Marton Csokas, Chris Sadrinna, Andy Anderson
Rating59% 2.9505952.9505952.9505952.9505952.950595
Garage Days is the story of a young Sydney garage band desperately trying to make it big in the competitive world of rock'n'roll. Through a series of misadventure and luck, they end up playing a major music festival in replacement for a major band—only to be booed off the stage for their terrible music.
Dark City
Dark City (1998)
, 1h40
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin Australie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic
Themes Films about altered memories, Medical-themed films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Bruce Spence
Rating75% 3.7991353.7991353.7991353.7991353.799135
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens in a hotel bathtub, suffering from amnesia. He receives a phone call from Dr. Daniel Schreber (Kiefer Sutherland), who urges him to flee the hotel to evade a group of men who are after him. During the phone talk, Murdoch discovers the corpse of a brutalized, ritualistically murdered woman, along with a bloody knife. He flees the scene, just as the group of men (known as the Strangers) show up to investigate the room.
The Crow
The Crow (1994)
, 1h42
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Motocyclette, Films about birds, Ghost films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Bai Ling, Sofia Shinas, David Patrick Kelly
Rating75% 3.799313.799313.799313.799313.79931
On October 30, Devil's Night in Detroit, Sergeant Albrecht is at the scene of a crime where Shelly Webster has been beaten and raped, and her fiancé Eric Draven then died on the street outside, having been stabbed, shot, and thrown out of the window. The couple were to be married the following day, on Halloween. As he leaves for the hospital with Shelly, Albrecht meets a young girl, Sarah, who says that she is their friend, and that they take care of her. Albrecht tells her that Shelly is dying.

Scriptwriter

Gods of Egypt, 2h7
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films based on mythology, Mythologie égyptienne
Actors Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Courtney Eaton
Rating54% 2.7000852.7000852.7000852.7000852.700085
The film portrays a conflict between the gods Set (Gerard Butler) and Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as they battle for control of the Nile River Valley.
Knowing
Knowing (2009)
, 1h56
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Lara Robinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Nadia Townsend
Rating61% 3.098653.098653.098653.098653.09865
In 1959, student Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson) hears whispers as she stares at the sun. When her class is chosen to contribute to the school's time capsule, each child is asked to draw what they believe the future will look like. Lucinda writes a page of seemingly random numbers and adds it to her elementary school's time capsule, which is set to be opened in 50 years. Lucinda's teacher calls for the pupils to finish but Lucinda continues before her teacher takes it off her desk unfinished. Lucinda then goes missing after the time capsule is dedicated, and is found by her teacher, Mrs. Taylor (Danielle Carter), in a utility closet scratching numbers into the door with her fingernails bleeding.
Garage Days, 1h40
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Action, Musical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Kick Gurry, Pia Miranda, Russell Dykstra, Marton Csokas, Chris Sadrinna, Andy Anderson
Roles Writer
Rating59% 2.9505952.9505952.9505952.9505952.950595
Garage Days is the story of a young Sydney garage band desperately trying to make it big in the competitive world of rock'n'roll. Through a series of misadventure and luck, they end up playing a major music festival in replacement for a major band—only to be booed off the stage for their terrible music.
Dark City
Dark City (1998)
, 1h40
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin Australie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic
Themes Films about altered memories, Medical-themed films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Bruce Spence
Roles Story
Rating75% 3.7991353.7991353.7991353.7991353.799135
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens in a hotel bathtub, suffering from amnesia. He receives a phone call from Dr. Daniel Schreber (Kiefer Sutherland), who urges him to flee the hotel to evade a group of men who are after him. During the phone talk, Murdoch discovers the corpse of a brutalized, ritualistically murdered woman, along with a bloody knife. He flees the scene, just as the group of men (known as the Strangers) show up to investigate the room.

Producer

Gods of Egypt, 2h7
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films based on mythology, Mythologie égyptienne
Actors Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Courtney Eaton
Roles Producer
Rating54% 2.7000852.7000852.7000852.7000852.700085
The film portrays a conflict between the gods Set (Gerard Butler) and Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as they battle for control of the Nile River Valley.
Knowing
Knowing (2009)
, 1h56
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Lara Robinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Nadia Townsend
Roles Producer
Rating61% 3.098653.098653.098653.098653.09865
In 1959, student Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson) hears whispers as she stares at the sun. When her class is chosen to contribute to the school's time capsule, each child is asked to draw what they believe the future will look like. Lucinda writes a page of seemingly random numbers and adds it to her elementary school's time capsule, which is set to be opened in 50 years. Lucinda's teacher calls for the pupils to finish but Lucinda continues before her teacher takes it off her desk unfinished. Lucinda then goes missing after the time capsule is dedicated, and is found by her teacher, Mrs. Taylor (Danielle Carter), in a utility closet scratching numbers into the door with her fingernails bleeding.
Riverworld
Riverworld (2003)
, 1h26
Directed by Kari Skogland
Origin Australie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Actors Brad Johnson, Emily Lloyd, Jeremy Birchall, Cameron Daddo, Kevin Smith, Jonathan Cake
Roles Executive Producer
Rating52% 2.60292.60292.60292.60292.6029
In the year 2009, a meteor shower above Earth claims the life of American astronaut Jeff Hale (Brad Johnson). He awakens inside a jade-green bubble beneath the surface of a body of water filled with them. A mysterious cloaked figure pierces his bubble with a staff pressing it against his forehead, forcefully filling his mind with images to come. Dazed and in pain, he soon finds himself crawling nude onto a beach littered with metal canisters containing unisex clothing. Soon dozens of people from different lands and historical eras emerge from the water, also nude, and distribute the canisters. All understand each other's language, except a lone Neanderthal man, who lacks the capacity for speech.