Fred Schepisi

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
A former director of TV commercials, Fred Schepisi made his mark in the late 1970s and early 80s with sensitively handled dramas which defied easy categorization and were therefore somewhat underrated. Schepisi is ... Read more »
Born: 12/26/1939 in Australia

Filmography

Director (18)

Words and Pictures 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Eye of the Storm 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Empire Falls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Director

It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Orders 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Fierce Creatures 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Six Degrees of Separation 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Baseball 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

A Cry in the Dark 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Roxanne 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Plenty 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Iceman 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Barbarosa 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil's Playground 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Libido 1972 (Movie)

("The Priest") (Director)
Producer (12)

Words and Pictures 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Eye of the Storm 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Levity 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Last Orders 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

That Eye, the Sky 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Six Degrees of Separation 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. Baseball 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Devil's Playground 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

Last Orders 2001 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Devil's Playground 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Biography

A former director of TV commercials, Fred Schepisi made his mark in the late 1970s and early 80s with sensitively handled dramas which defied easy categorization and were therefore somewhat underrated. Schepisi is generally attracted to stories pitting strong outsiders against small-minded establishments which are recounted with a smooth and straightforward filmmaking technique even when shifting back and forth between flashbacks, time zones and diverse locations. He has also proved a master at translating difficult material (i.e., plays and novels) into entertaining and captivating feature films.

Relationships

Ashley Schepisi

Child

Alexandra Schepisi

Daughter

Andrew Schepisi

Son

Jason Schepisi

Son

Quentin Schepisi

Son

Rhonda Finlayson

Wife
divorced

Joan Ford

Wife
married Ford when he was 20 years old divorced had four children together

Mary Rubin

Wife

EDUCATION

attended a seminary from ages 13 to 15

attended a Roman Catholic boarding school at age eight

Milestones

2005

Produced and directed an ensemble cast, including Ed Harris, Helen Hunt and Paul Newman in "Empire Falls," the HBO adaptation of Richard Russo's novel

2003

Directed "It Runs in the Family," the first film teaming of Kirk Douglas and his son Michael

2001

Helmed the screen version of the award-winning novel "Last Orders", featuring Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine; screened at Toronto Film Festival

1997

Shared directorial duties on "Fierce Creatures", a comedy that reunited much of the cast of "A Fish Called Wanda"

1994

Teamed Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins in the romantic comedy "I.Q.", featuring a splendidly hammy turn by Walter Matthau as Albert Einstein

1994

Executive produced the Australian-made "That Eye, the Sky"

1993

Directed the screen adaptation of John Guare's play "Six Degrees of Separation"

1990

Returned to producing with the big screen adaptation of John Le Carre's "The Russia House"; also directed

1988

Reunited with Streep for "Evil Angels/A Cry in the Dark", based on a true life story of an Australian woman accused of murdering the child she claimed was carried off by a dingo

1987

Earned praise for his light touch on "Roxanne", Steve Martin's updated version of "Cyrano de Bergerac"

1985

Directed the uneven but well-acted adaptation of David Hare's play "Plenty", starring Meryl Streep

1984

Helmed "Iceman" about an explorer who discovers a 40,000 year-old man

1982

First US produced feature, "Barbarosa"

1978

Directed and produced most expensive film made in Austrailia up until that time, "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith"; garnered international attention

1976

Feature film debut as director and producer, "The Devil's Playground"

1973

Film directorial debut with "The Priest" segment of anthology film, "Libido"

1966

Founded The Feature Film House (later The Film House) production company

1964

By age 25 he took over a Melbourne advertising agency with two partners (date approximate)

1954

Began working at age 15 as a dispatch boy for a Melbourne advertising agency (date approximate)

Worked as director of TV commercials

Assessed student films at Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne

Spent 18 months in a seminary

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia

Bonus Trivia

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His last name is pronounced "SKEP-see".

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"There's a whole conventional pattern for cutting, and that's what you see in most movies. And I just don't think it's right. I don't think it's got any magic to it at all."---Fred Schepisi speaking about his unconventional approach to editing his films, quoted in The New Yorker, December 20, 1993.

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