Rolf  de Heer

Rolf  de Heer

In 1977, de Heer was granted entry into Australia's prestigious Film Television and Radio School, completing the three-year course with Diplomas in Production and Directing.

Having written, produced and directed feature films for nearly two decades, de Heer has become one of Australia's leading filmmakers. His films consistently challenge moral conventions and push the boundaries of the filmmaker's art.

De Heer's first film was the children's feature Tail of the Tiger (1984), which attracted both critical and commercial success and played at the Berlin Kinderfest.

Incident at Raven's Gate (1987), de Heer's second feature, was an atmospheric science fiction mystery thriller, followed by Dingo (1990) a musical odyssey that travelled from outback Western Australia to the streets of Paris starring Colin Friels and jazz legend Miles Davis in his only film role.

Bad Boy Bubby (1993) marked de Heer's first collaboration with Italian producer Domenico Procacci. Thirty-two different cinematographers were used to chronicle the adventures of a child-man seeing the world for the first time. Bad Boy Bobby won immediate international acclaim and went on to win the Grand Special Jury Prize and the International Film Critics Prize at the 1993 Venice Film Festival, as well as four Australian Film Institute Awards.

De Heer spent the next two years working on Epsilon (1995) that made extensive use of motion control cinematography. During a break in filming, The Quiet Room was shot. The story of a family breakdown as seen through the eyes of a child, The Quiet Room garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards from around the world and was selected for Official Competition in the 1996 Cannes International Film Festival.

In 1997 de Heer directed Dance Me to My Song, also chosen for Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, he produced Richard Flanagan's The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which was selected for the Official Competition at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.

In 1999, de Heer spent three months in the jungles of French Guyana shooting the film The Old Man Who Read Love Stories starring Richard Dreyfuss and Hugo Weaving.

De Heer's next film, The Tracker, was shot entirely on location in the rugged Gammon Ranges in outback Australia and debuted to a standing ovation at the 2002 Adelaide Festival of Arts and in Official Competition at the 2002 Venice International Film Festival.

The Tracker has since thrilled audiences and won prizes all over the world,winning the Special Jury Prize at the 2002 Valladolid International Film Festival, and Best Screenplay at the Festival of Ghent. In Australia it has won numerous prizes, including Best Film at both the 2002 Circle of Film Critics Awards and the 2002 IF (people's) Awards.

Alexandra's Project is de Heer's tenth film as director, and is the first feature to be produced by Fandango Australia. It was selected to participate in official competition at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in 2003 and went on to screen at numerous international festivals including Puchon, Edinburgh, Telluride, Toronto and Montreal, where it won the Golden Zenith for Best Film in the Oceania section.

de Heer's most recent film 10 Canoes has recently been selected as Australia's submission for nomination to the best foreign film category of the Academy Awards®