I think this australian director is one of the most underrated actually, despite (or because?) his academy award nomination in 1997 for “Shine”.
I rate “Snow falling on cedars” as one of the greatest films of the last fifteen years with its beautiful narration between past and present, its incredebile cinematography and editing. Hick is dealing with memories and obsession, haunting past, mixing fiction and his documentary sensibilty,using a discreet floating camera and really mastering the scope ratio… I think he is also really attached to human feelings. I love his acting direction and the way he catch faces on screen.
“Heart in Atlantis” is also a subtile variation about premonition and coming of age, playing with his fantastic bacground by Stephen King. Even the minor “No reservations” has a subtile way between drama and romcom with some beautiful shots and a strange score by Philip Glass for the genre, telling the reconstruction of a “control freak” woman facing a little girl more more than a usual love story.
I’ve recently seen 1982’s “Freedom”, his first film, a kind of “Sugarland Express” in South Australia dealing with consumerism and dreaming of success, but still having an exploitation touch.
Here is the trailer for “The Boys are back”… maybe i’s a little too close to “No reservations” bu it’s just a “programmatic” trailer and I’ve still having hopes about this film! I just hope Hicks will do more ambitious fiction features in the futur.
I really want to see his documentary about Philip Glass, sadly not in french theaters… I Think I will take the DVD.
I enjoyed Shine. Plus it’s the film that gave us first exposure to one of our greatest living acting treasures, Geoffrey Rush.
I’ve just seen his doc “Glass a portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts”, It’s wonderful. Cristal shots, an interesting mosaic structure and an original view in the intimacy of a great artist. One of his most free works at this time.
“The Boys Are Back” is one of my favourite films and that Philip Glass doco he made was great!