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Fred Schepisi

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Film director, born in Melbourne, Victoria, SE Australia. As a teenager, he worked in an advertising agency, and by 1966 had bought the company and was making documentaries and commercials. His first major feature, The Devil's Playground (1976), reflecting his early experiences with Catholicism, established him as one of the industry's most promising talents. After The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), a true story of racism based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, he moved to the USA where his fascination with myth and superstition was seen in Barbarosa (1982), and The Iceman (1984). Other titles include Roxanne (1987), A Cry in the Dark (1988, known as Evil Angels in Australia), The Russia House (1991), based on a John Le Carré novel, and Six Degrees of Separation (1993). In 1997 he co-directed Fierce Creatures.

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