Camerimage to Honor Director Phillip Noyce

The Australian helmer's work has included 'Salt' and 'Rabbit-Proof Fence.'
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Phillip Noyce will receive the Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award for directing during the 25th Camerimage Festival, which runs Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The Australian has helmed such Hollywood films as Patriot Games, Salt, Clear and Present DangerThe Saint, and The Quiet American.

But Camerimage also emphasizes his Australian projects. His work included the 1975 docudrama God Knows Why, But It Works, about medical care among the Aborigines, and two years later Noyce debuted in feature film with Backroads, once again telling a story concerned with relations between white Australians and the Aborigines.

Newsfront (1978), joining old newsreel footage with a number of scenes with actors, became a tribute to the cameramen who chronicled the difficult beginnings of a new Australian nation after World War II. Camerimage noted that this is widely considered a masterpiece of Australian cinema and earned Noyce the reputation of an uncompromising filmmaker with something important to say.

His work has also included 2002's Rabbit-Proof Fence, a look at Aboriginal children forced to assimilate into mainstream Australian society, and 2006's Catch a Fire, the story of freedom fighters in South Africa broken by apartheid.