Fred Schepisi

Fred Schepisi

Highest Rated: 100% Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible (2017)

Lowest Rated: 13% Mr. Baseball (1992)

Birthday: Dec 26, 1939

Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The son of an Australian car salesman, Fred Schepisi half-heartedly pursued a life as a priest, but left the seminary by the age of 15. Schepisi then shifted his interest to the world of TV advertising. After directing several commercials, he moved into documentary filmmaking, winning an Australian Film Institute award in the process. Schepisi then set up his own highly respected production company, The Film House. He was 36 years old before he had the time and financial backing to direct his first fictional feature, the semi-autobiographical The Devil's Playground (1976). With his race-conscious The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (1978), Schepisi gained international renown; he used his new industry clout to leave Australia behind for a Hollywood career, briefly returning to his native country for the wrenchingly true story of trial-by-headline, A Cry in the Dark (1988). Schepisi's American-produced output has included Iceman (1984), The Russia House (1989), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), and the long-delayed Mr. Baseball (1993). A few low-key films such as Fierce Creatures (1997) and It Runs in the Family (2003) followed, but Schepisi made a serious mark with his Golden Globe winning adaptation of Richard Russo's novel Empire Falls. The HBO mini series starred Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, and Robin Wright Penn.

Highest Rated Movies



100% Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible Actor 2017
No Score Yet Andorra Producer Director 2017
43% Words And Pictures Director Producer 2014
60% The Eye of the Storm Producer Director 2012
No Score Yet Say I Do Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Empire Falls Director Executive Producer 2005
29% It Runs in the Family Executive Producer Director $7.4M 2003
34% Levity Executive Producer 2003
79% Last Orders Director Producer Screenwriter $2.2M 2002
53% Fierce Creatures Director 1997
44% I.Q. Director Producer 1994
88% Six Degrees of Separation Producer Director 1993
13% Mr. Baseball Producer 1992
76% The Russia House Producer Director 1990
93% Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark) Screenwriter Director 1988
90% Roxanne Screenwriter Director 1987
56% Plenty Director 1985
No Score Yet Iceman Director 1984
100% Barbarosa Director 1982
100% The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Screenwriter Director 1978
100% The Devil's Playground Screenwriter Producer Director 1976


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