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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Philip Noyce on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000)

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph

Phillip Noyce (b. 1950), director, was part of the first student intake at the Australian Film and Television School in 1973. As a student he became known for his outspoken short films. His first full-length film was the 16mm Backroads (1977), an indictment of Australia's treatment of Aboriginals made in collaboration with the activist Gary Foley. Newsfront (1978), Noyce's first 35mm feature, won an AFI for best picture. His follow-up films included Heatwave (1982) and Dead Calm (1989), which alerted Hollywood to the talents of Noyce and his young star, Nicole Kidman. Relocating to the U.S., Noyce directed such movies as the Harrison Ford thrillers Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994); the Sharon Stone vehicle Sliver (1993); The Saint (1997) and The Bone Collector (1999). In 2001 he returned to Australia to re-engage with Aboriginal issues in Rabbit-Proof Fence (2001), which won him another best picture AFI. The Quiet American (2002) followed. Noyce currently has two films and two television series in the pipeline.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Accession number: 2001.151

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 54 in 1981)

Phillip Noyce (age 31 in 1981)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.