Fred Schepisi

1939

Fred Schepisi began his production career in the advertising world in Melbourne, Australia, where he served as head of the Film House for almost 20 years, directing both commercials and documentaries. His first feature-length film was the semi-autobiographical 'The Devil's Playground' (1976) which won 6 AFI awards including Best Film and established Fred's reputation as a talented director and writer. The success of his second film 'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith' (1978) took Fred to the U.S. where he directed 'Barbarosa' (1981), 'Iceman' (1983), 'Plenty' (1985), and 'Roxanne' (1987) before returning to Australia to co-write and direct 'Evil Angels' (a.k.a. 'A Cry in the Dark', 1988).Fred also directed the screen adaptation of John Guare's play 'Six Degrees of Separation' (1993) starring Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland and Will Smith. His other film credits include 'The Russia House' (1990), 'Mr. Baseball' (1992), 'IQ' (1994), 'Fierce Creatures' (1996), 'Last Orders' (2001) and 'I

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