Born in East Africa to British parents and now based in Australia, Hicks is the versatile director of both documentaries and feature films. He won a Peabody Award for The Great Wall of Iron, a documentary that entailed a five-month trip to China. The international triumph of Shine, a biopic of pianist David Helfgott, launched his feature film career. Hicks returned to the documentary form with Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007), doing his own cinematography in a multi-faceted portrait of a contemporary composer who has himself made a significant contribution to film.
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007)
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
Academy Awards — 7 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay
Australian Film Institute — AFI Award
Submarines: Sharks of Steel (1992)
The Great Wall of Iron (1989)