Christopher Noonan (1952-11-14) 14 November 1952 (age 63) Sydney
Film director, film producer, screenwriter and actor
Chris Noonan (born 14 November 1952) is a Sydney-based Australian filmmaker and actor best known for the 1995 family film, Babe, for which he received Academy Award nominations as both director and writer.
Encouraged by his father, Noonan made his first short film, Could It Happen Here? when he was sixteen. It won a prize at the Sydney Film Festival and was later screened on Australian television. On leaving school in 1970 Noonan went to work for the Commonwealth Film Unit (now Film Australia), as a production assistant, assistant editor, production manager and assistant director making short films and documentaries.
Noonan served for two years (1987–88) as President of the Australian Screen Directors' Association, and in 1990 was appointed for a three-year term as Chairman of the Australian Film Commission.
In 1995 he wrote the screenplay, with George Miller, and directed the film, Babe, his first theatrical feature. The film earned $US280m in its 18-language world theatrical release, a further $US217m in international video sales and was nominated for seven Academy Awards (including nominations for Noonan for 'Best Director' and 'Best Adapted Screenplay'). His contributions also resulted in two British Academy Film Award nominations for 'Best Screenplay' and 'Best Film', a Saturn Award nomination at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for 'Best Writing', a Humanitas Prize nomination in the 'Best Feature Film' category, a Writers Guild of America award nomination for 'Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published', and winning a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for 'Best Director', a London Critics Circle Award for 'Newcomer of the Year' and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for 'Best New Director'.