The first film was made by an Australian-born film-maker who worked at the New South Wales Museum of History, then a Sydney museum, and then moved to New York to work on his first feature film, Born to Play.
His next project was the film No Good, No Fun, which starred David Bowie and starred Daniel Craig, with the latter having previously worked with him on the cult classic American Graffiti.
But his next big project was an ambitious but unsuccessful biopic of the late Australian film critic, Howard Roark, in which he played the role of an ambitious and ruthless journalist who tries to expose the scandalous details of Roark’s life.
After two years of shooting, he was ready to make another film about the critic, but a film festival, in New York, put a hold on it.
A week later, he heard the news: his next film would be a biopic.
The film was a commercial success and helped Roark to become a superstar, but it also put him in the spotlight of a powerful Australian media company, who wanted to sell his film, and to film a film of his life.
He left the film industry, and moved to Hollywood.
The idea of making a film about Roark was intriguing.
But he never quite got around to it.
“It was really a long, hard road to getting to where I am today,” he says.
“I didn’t do the research that I needed to, so I was completely out of the loop.”
After years of researching the life of Roarks, his widow, the novelist Susan Stokes, and his daughter, Anne, came up with a script about Roarks life, with Anne directing and Susan as a co-writer.
The script was published in 2001 and made by Warner Bros, but the film never got made, and Warner Bros cut the deal.
After years in the film business, Roark has now made two other films: the first was the Oscar-nominated biography of his late friend and colleague, Paul Schrader, which won him an Oscar, and the latest, a biographical film, about Roels own wife, Joan of Arc, about which he says he is not a fan.
“The only reason I did it was to make a film,” he said.
They didn’t care. “
They didn’t need me.
They didn’t care.
“You don’t have to know her to see it. “
I’m a filmmaker, not a journalist. “
You don’t have to know her to see it.
I would love to do more biographies of great women, but I never knew what to do with Joan of Aragon, because she is so much more than just a woman. “
But I’m really glad that I did that.
I would love to do more biographies of great women, but I never knew what to do with Joan of Aragon, because she is so much more than just a woman.
The other film he made with Stokes was the follow-up, which was based on a novel by Stokes and was shot by Roark and his friend and collaborator, Tom Hanks, with a co. director. “
She was the woman that could not go to bed at night without talking about Joan of the Arc.”
The other film he made with Stokes was the follow-up, which was based on a novel by Stokes and was shot by Roark and his friend and collaborator, Tom Hanks, with a co. director.
It won the Oscar for Best Picture, and was filmed in the UK, but did not make it to the US, where it was released.
He says he would love the chance to revisit his films in the future.
“What I would really like to do is just tell a complete story,” he tells the Financial Post.
“People would ask me how I did my work. “
But for me it was always about the story and the truth behind it. “
People would ask me how I did my work.
But for me it was always about the story and the truth behind it.
It was never about how many more pictures I could make.
And I never got to that point.”