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Chris Noonan is a Director, Scriptwriter and Executive producer Australien born on 14 november 1952 at Sydney (Australie)

Chris Noonan

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Birth name Christopher Noonan
Nationality Australie
Birth 14 november 1952 (66 years) at Sydney (Australie)

Chris Noonan (born 14 November 1952) is a Sydney-based Australian filmmaker and actor best known for the pioneering live-action / CG film Babe, for which he received Academy Award nominations as both director and writer.

Biography

Encouraged by his father, Noonan made his first short film, Could It Happen Here? when he was sixteen. It won a prize at the Sydney Film Festival and was later screened on Australian television.

On leaving school in 1970 Noonan went to work for the Commonwealth Film Unit ( now Film Australia), as a production assistant, assistant editor, production manager and assistant director making short films and documentaries.

In 1973 Noonan was in the inaugural intake on the directors' course (along with Gillian Armstrong and Phillip Noyce) at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. In 1974 he returned to Film Australia where he worked on a number of films and documentaries, including working as assistant director on the cult movie The Cars That Ate Paris. In 1976 he directed Film Australia's documentary series, "Our Asian Neighbours: India", including a film about Swami Shyam, a teacher of Vedant and Meditation living in the Indian Himalayas.

In 1979 he set up his own production company, and in 1980 documented the lives of a troupe of handicapped actors, in the acclaimed Stepping Out, which won the UNESCO prize in 1980 and an Australian Film Institute Award for 'Best Documentary' in 1981. He co-wrote and co-directed the Australian mini-series The Cowra Breakout, wrote and directed five episodes of the mini-series, Vietnam, and made his television movie debut with The Riddle of The Stinson.

Noonan served for two years (1987–88) as President of the Australian Screen Directors' Association, and in 1990 was appointed for a three-year term as Chairman of the Australian Film Commission.

In 1995 he wrote the screenplay, with George Miller, and directed the film, Babe, his first theatrical feature. The film earned $US280m in its 18-language world theatrical release, a further $US217m in international video sales and was nominated for seven Academy Awards (including nominations for Noonan for 'Best Director' and 'Best Adapted Screenplay'). Noonan's contributions also resulted in two British Academy Film Award nominations for 'Best Screenplay' and 'Best Film', a Saturn Award nomination at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for 'Best Writing', a Humanitas Prize nomination in the 'Best Feature Film' category, a Writers Guild of America award nomination for 'Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published', and winning a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for 'Best Director', a London Critics Circle Award for 'Newcomer of the Year' and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for 'Best New Director'.

He co-produced the popular Davida Allen telemovie, Feeling Sexy, in 1999.

In 2006 he directed the biographical film, Miss Potter, based on the life of children's author Beatrix Potter. Noonan has two further projects including Zebras, a drama set in the final days of apartheid South Africa and The Third Witch, a retelling of William Shakespere's Macbeth from the perspective of one of the witches, in development.

Best films

Babe (1995)
(Director)

Usually with

George Miller
George Miller
(1 films)
Paul Goddard
Paul Goddard
(1 films)
Bill Miller
Bill Miller
(1 films)
Miriam Flynn
Miriam Flynn
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Chris Noonan (7 films)

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Director

Miss Potter, 1h33
Directed by Chris Noonan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Bill Paterson, Barbara Flynn, David Bamber
Rating69% 3.4972553.4972553.4972553.4972553.497255
The story begins with Beatrix Potter nervously packing her portfolio and narrating that she is a London spinster, and that her ambition to become a children's author meets with wide disapproval. She and her chaperone, Miss Wiggin, visit the publishing house of the Warne brothers and they decide to publish her book. Beatrix is thrilled and returns home, taking a drive through the parks to celebrate first. However it is revealed that the Warne brothers think her book is ridiculous and will no doubt be a failure. The only reason they agreed to publish her story is because they promised their youngest brother, Norman, a project.
Babe
Babe (1995)
, 1h35
Directed by Chris Noonan
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dogs, Films about pigs, Musical films, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Brittany Byrnes, Roscoe Lee Browne, Miriam Margolyes
Rating67% 3.3953553.3953553.3953553.3953553.395355
A piglet named Babe is left orphaned after his mother is slaughtered, and is chosen for a "guess the weight" contest at a county fair. The winning farmer, Arthur Hoggett, brings him home and allows him to stay with a Border Collie named Fly, her mate, Rex, and their puppies in the barn.
The Riddle of the Stinson, 1h49
Directed by Chris Noonan
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Jack Thompson, Norman Kaye, Richard Roxburgh, Mark Lee
Rating74% 3.747223.747223.747223.747223.74722
Queensland, 1937. A Stinson Airliner takes off from Brisbane in stormy weather with two crew and five passengers on board, bound for Sydney via Lismore. The plane vanishes en route. Officials assume that the pilot had flown east towards the coast to avoid the bad weather, most likely crashing into the ocean and the search efforts focus there. But Bernard O'Reilly, who lives in the McPherson Range, has another theory.

Scriptwriter

Babe
Babe (1995)
, 1h35
Directed by Chris Noonan
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dogs, Films about pigs, Musical films, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Brittany Byrnes, Roscoe Lee Browne, Miriam Margolyes
Rating67% 3.3953553.3953553.3953553.3953553.395355
A piglet named Babe is left orphaned after his mother is slaughtered, and is chosen for a "guess the weight" contest at a county fair. The winning farmer, Arthur Hoggett, brings him home and allows him to stay with a Border Collie named Fly, her mate, Rex, and their puppies in the barn.
The Cowra Breakout (miniseries)

November 1942. A unit of in-experienced Australian soldiers arrives at the frontlines in New Guinea as Allied troops drive back the crumbling Japanese forces. One is private Stan Davidson, eager but naive. The newcomers soon receive some harsh lessons in the realities of warfare as they and their US allies encounter the savage and fanatical Japanese. Nervous young Lieutenant MacDonald leads Davidson's section on a patrol and they come across what appears to be a deserted enemy camp. However it is a trap staged by two Japanese soldiers, the only survivors of their unit, hiding in a concealed bunker. MacDonald flees in terror, abandoning his men, most of whom are wiped out by booby-traps and machine-gun fire, leaving only Davidson and Mick Murphy alive, sheltering in a ditch. Davidson returns fire, killing one of the Japanese but the other, Junji Hayashi, pins the two Australians down with his machine-gun. Murphy is badly wounded and in agony and a distraught Davidson is forced to kill him to put him out of his misery. The subsequent stand-off lasts for many hours until both men are exhausted. Hayashi finally emerges from the bunker and makes a screaming Banzai charge but Davidson shoots him.

Producer

Ticket Out
Ticket Out (2011)
, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Actors Ray Liotta, Alexandra Breckenridge, Colin Ford, Billy Burke, Scott Michael Campbell, Christopher B. Duncan
Roles Executive producer
Rating47% 2.366642.366642.366642.366642.36664
Jocelyn, une mère de famille souhaite éloigner son fils et sa fille de son mari, violent et abusif. Après l'avoir quitté, elle porte plainte contre ce dernier à plusieurs reprises sans résultat, la justice ne l'écoutant pas, elle cherche un autre moyen. Elle trouve refuge et assistance dans une association où elle rencontre Jim, le dirigeant, qui met rapidement Jocelyn à l'abri. Cependant, son mari ne la laissera pas s'enfuir aussi facilement...