Movies of director Scott Hicks that are must watch

From documentaries to movies, his direction is great

An Australian film director and screenwriter, Scott Hicks, is best known for the film Shine, which is the biopic of pianist David Helfgott and was nominated for two Academy Awards. The 68-year-old actor’s first Hollywood studio film was the 1999 film Snow Falling on Cedars, which is based on David Guterson’s novel of the same title. After having directed a bunch of films in Hollywood, Hicks took a break and resurfaced directing films after more than six years with the film No Reservations. Here is presenting a list of a few Scott Hicks movies that you might have missed on watching.

Snow Falling on Cedars

This 1999 American legal drama film stars Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Max von Sydow, YoukiKudoh, Rick Yune, Richard Jenkins, and James Rebhorn. The film is based on author David Guterson’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel of the same name. The plot of the film, just like the novel, follows the story of a Japanese-American fisherman who is accused of killing his neighbour at sea. The film set in the 1950s shows the happening of the world at that time and how the judicial system functions.

Call Me Mr Brown

This 1986 Australian movie is based on the true event of the 1971 Qantas bomb hoax known as ‘The Great Plane Robbery’. The film narrates the tale of Peter Macari, alias Mr Brown who, under a grand extortion scam, steals $500,000 from Australian airlines company Qantas.

Sebastian and the Sparrow

This 1988 Australian film narrates the story of an unlikely friendship between two teenage boys coming from vastly different cultural backgrounds. While Sparrow is a working-class street kid, Sebastien is a middle-class boy of privilege. The story proceeds as one day they meet at a video-game arcade and become friends embarking on a journey of self-discovery.

Down the Wind

This 1975 Australian film is Scott Hicks’s directorial debut, and he made this movie shortly after graduating from university. The story of the film revolves around a young photographer Simon Jess who has been allotted an assignment to shoot backgrounds in the Snowy Mountains.

Other movies that Scott Hicks has directed include The Boys Are Back, adaptations of Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One. The director has also shot a few documentaries, such as the one on the iconic composer Philip Glass, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts and Highly Strung.

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