Chris Noonan

Director, Screenwriter
The Australian-born Noonan was encouraged by his father to pursue his interest in film as a teenager. He made his first film, "Could It Happen Here?" (1969), when he was 16. It went on to win a prize for short films at ... Read more »
Born: 11/13/1952 in Australia

Filmography

Writer (3)

Babe 2: Pig in the City 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Babe 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stepping Out 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Ticket Out 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Feeling Sexy 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stepping Out 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (3)

Miss Potter 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Babe 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Stepping Out 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

The Australian-born Noonan was encouraged by his father to pursue his interest in film as a teenager. He made his first film, "Could It Happen Here?" (1969), when he was 16. It went on to win a prize for short films at the Sidney Film Festival and later aired on Australian TV. Noonan was one of twelve students (along with Gillian Armstrong and Phillip Noyce) in the inaugural directing program at the Australian Film and Television School in 1973.

Following graduation, Noonan spent five years making documentaries and short films for Film Australia. His "Stepping Out" (1980), a film portrait of a theater troupe of mentally handicapped actors, won praise and brought Noonan to the attention of producer-director George Miller (of "Mad Max" fame). Invited by Miller to join a workshop of actors and directors, Noonan went on to direct the Australian TV miniseries "The Chowra Breakout" in 1985. He subsequently wrote and directed five episodes of the TV miniseries "Vietnam" (1987) and made his Australian TV-movie directorial debut with "The Riddle of the Stinson" (1988). Noonan made his feature film directing debut with "Babe" (1995), the charming fantasy about a pig who learns to be a sheep dog.

Relationships

Glenys Rowe

Wife
married on August 5, 1995 together since 1982

EDUCATION

Australian Film Television and Radio School

1973
one of twelve students chosen to attend first year of directing program; classmates included Gillian Armstrong and Phillip Noyce

Milestones

2006

Helmed "Miss Potter" a biopic of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, starring Renée Zellweger

1999

Executive produced the Australian film "Feeling Sexy"

1995

Feature film directing debut, "Babe" (also co-scripted)

1988

Australian TV-movie directing debut, "The Riddle of the Stinson"

1987

Wrote and directed five episodes of Australian TV miniseries "Vietnam" for Kennedy Miller Productions

1985

Directed the Australian TV miniseries "The Cowra Breakout" for Kennedy Miller Productions

1980

Made documentary "Stepping Out", about a theater troupe of mentally handicapped actors

1968

Made first film at age 16, "Could It Happen Here?", a spoof of high school life

1968

Entered film in Sydney Film Festival; won a prize in the short film competition

After graduating, spent five years making documentaries and short films for Film Australia

Served three year-term as chairman of the Australian Film Commission

Served two-year term as president of Australian Screen Directors Association

Attended Australian Film and Television School

Invited to join workshop of actors and directors by George Miller

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