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Overview (1)

Born in Uganda

Mini Bio (1)

Hicks was born in Uganda and lived in Kenya, just outside Nairobi, until the age of ten. His family then moved, first to England and, when he was 14, on to Adelaide, Australia. Hicks graduated from Flinders University of South Australia (BA Honors) in 1975 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1997. Hicks is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He lives with his wife and collaborator/producer Kerry Heysen in Adelaide, South Australia where they maintain their own Yacca Paddock Vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula. They have two sons, Scott Heysen and Jethro Heysen-Hicks. Also an accomplished photographer, Hicks has had three exhibitions of his work.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anon.

Spouse (1)

Kerry Heysen (1971 - present)

Trivia (5)

Though Hicks continues to work in Hollywood, after earning 7 Oscar nominations for Shine (1996), Adelaide, South Australia remains Hicks' home. "I love being here (Los Angeles) for a purpose and while Adelaide is about as far away from the business as you can get, I can still make calls", he says.
Hicks' latest film, The Boys Are Back (2009), starring Clive Owen, is the first film directed in South Australia by Hicks since his Academy Award® winning feature Shine (1996).
When Scott Hicks' Shine (1996) debuted at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, it spawned an all-out bidding war.
Has directed two actors in Oscar nominated performances: Geoffrey Rush and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Rush won for Shine (1996).

Personal Quotes (3)

Nothing is ever going to be the same again. Shine (1996) was a unique experience and very few people are ever lucky to feel that degree of universal acceptance. Very seldom can you say that films change people's lives. As far as the world was concerned, this film came out of nowhere, it really sort of barnstormed across the world. It projected me into a new arena and in the process made a star out of Geoffrey Rush, completely changed David Helfgott's life and Lynn Redgrave's career was kick-started again. There were a number of us involved in this film whose lives were never going to be the same again. It was unique, not in the sense of some sort of fluke, just that it was a dark horse.
The interesting thing is I've done all of my post-production back in Australia for all of the American movies, which I really enjoy for personal reasons. But also because it means I can put money into the local industry which has been great... It's part of a little underlying philosophy I have, which is that going to Hollywood is not a one-way ticket, it's a two-way street.
I've completed a documentary about the composer Philip Glass. It's taken me back to my documentary roots. I decided the only way to get going on this was simply to buy a camera and start shooting with Philip at home with his family and children, making pizza and talking about writing symphonies. OK, so it's another obsessive pianist. It's been a nice 10-year cycle from Shine (1996) to Glass, if you like.

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