Chris Noonan
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Co-writer of the screenplay and director of hit movie Babe, produced by George Miller who then directed the sequel, which might not be as big a hit as the original. Noonan nursed the Babe concept for 10 years before the Kennedy Miller production house took it on board.

Magda Szubanski

Noonan has over 25 years experience as a filmmaker and surprisingly Babe marked his major feature debut. His talents up to then were focussed on documentaries, including the prize winning Stepping Out, about a group of mentally handicapped actors.

Chris made his first film, a short, Could It Happen Here? when aged 16 and with a budget of $300. The film spoofed high school life and won a prize at the Sydney Film Festival and later aired on television.

In 1973, Noonan was chosen with eleven others to attend the inaugural course on direction at the Australian Film School.

Chris wrote and directed half of Kennedy Miller's ten hour miniseries The Cowra Breakout and also wrote and directed five of the ten episodes of Vietnam. He then directed the telefilm The Riddle Of The Stinson - see Bernard O'Reilly.

Noonan served a two year period as president of the Australian Screen Directors Association and three years as chairman of the Australian Film Commission.

Currently he is working on an action adventure film with the working title of Marathon Man, in connection with the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and produced by Damien Parer.

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