ALEX PROYAS (Director) is a member of the latest generation of
Australian filmmakers to burst upon the scene since the New Wave of the
`70s was inaugurated by the international success of Peter Weir's aptly
named The Last Wave. Proyas' breakthrough as a feature director was the
1994 film adaptation of James O'Barr's cutting-edge punk comic-book novel
The Crow. The film, which was not only a commercial hit, was also a critical
success for its star, Brandon Lee, who achieved the posthumous status of
a legend in his own right for his haunting portrayal of a man who returns
from the dead to avenge his own murder.
Proyas is currently writing a screenplay for a comedy "set in the real
world." In addition, as part of his two-picture deal with New Line
Cinema, he is also doing a new version of the climactic film in Hammer Films'
legendary Quartermass series, created by esteemed science fiction writer
Nigel Kneale, Quartermass and the Pit, about the origin of Evil.
Proyas first established himself internationally as a sought-after maker
of music videos and commercials. He founded his own Sydney-based production
company, Meaningful Eye Contact, during his second year of film school,
and subsequently signed with Propaganda Films in Los Angeles, then with
U.K.-based Limelight Films, before re-signing with Propaganda in 1990. His
videos for such musical bands as INXS, Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac, Joe
Jackson, Rick Springfield, Cutting Crew, Colin Hay and Yes, and commercials
for Nike, Coca Cola, Pepsi, American Express, Swatch, Nissan, Kleenex, Phipps,
Castrol, TDK, Hitachi, Verve, Philips and Dunlop, among others, have won
numerous awards all over the world.
Born in Egypt, Proyas has lived in Sydney since he was three. Admitted to
the Australian Film and Television School at the age of 17, he attracted
attention with his short film, Groping, made during his first year, which
won the Most Outstanding Short Film Award at the 1982 London Film Festival,
the Greater Union Best Short Film Award at the Sydney Film Festival and
the Boomerang Award at the 1982 Melbourne Film Festival. In 1987, Proyas
made his debut feature, a post-apocalyptic western called Spirits of the
Air, Gremlins of the Clouds, which also won festival awards.
ANDREW MASON (Producer) began his industry career more than 20 years
ago editing documentaries and commercials. After only a couple of years,
he was already producing and heading a highly successful commercial production
company. He went on to run a film laboratory in Sydney, before forming Australia's
first visual effects company. Mason served as visual effects supervisor
on such Australian films as Playing Beattie Bow, John Duigan's One Night
Stand, Burke and Wills and The Time Guardian and as optical effects supervisor
on Vincent Ward's The Navigator.
Mason joined forces with Alex Proyas at Meaningful Eye Contact in 1990,
producing numerous music videos and commercials directed by Proyas. In 1993,
Mason served as visual effects supervisor and second-unit director on The
Crow. With Proyas, he recently formed Mystery Clock Cinema. Dark City is
the company's first production.
LEM DOBBS (Screenwriter) has lent his writing talents to a variety
of acclaimed feature, including Steve Soderbergh's drama Kafka; Hider in
the House, starring Gary Busey and Mimi Rogers; and The Hard Way, starring
Michael J. Fox and James Woods.
DAVID S. GOYER (Screenwriter) has written the screenplays for the
upcoming actioner Blade for New Line Cinema, as well as The Crow: City of
Angels, The Substitute, Puppetmasters, Rainbow Warriors, Pet Semetary II,
Kickboxer II, Death Warrant and Liberator. His television credits include
"Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD" and "Enemy" for TriStar.
DARIUSZ WOLSKI (Director of Photography) was nominated for an ASC
Award for his work on Tony Scott's Crimson Tide. He most recently worked
on Scott's The Fan. Additional credits include Alex Proyas' The Crow, Peter
Medak's Romeo Is Bleeding, Evelyn Purcell's Land of Little Rain and Andy
Davis' Dial M For Murder.
GEORGE LIDDLE (Production Designer) is one of Australia's leading
designers. His film credits include Mushrooms, Rapa Nui, 'Til There Was
You, A Cry in the Dark, The Time Guardian, Playing Beattie Bow and Bullseye,
on which he served as both production and costume designer. His television
credits include the miniseries "Tracks of Glory" and "Which
Way Home," as well as the American motion picture for television "Trouble
PATRICK TATOPOULOS (Production Designer) has a string of eminent
design credits to his name, including Roland Emmerich's Independence Day
as production designer and special creature effects creator, Stargate for
special visual creature effects and the upcoming Godzilla. His additional
film credits include Demolition Man, Last Action Hero, The Bodyguard, Dracula
and The Doors. He won an Emmy for his creature design work on Fox Television's
"Space: Above and Beyond."
LIZ KEOGH (Costume Designer) brings more than 16 years experience
in designing, coordinating, manufacturing and creating costumes to Dark
City. Among her feature film credits are the award-winning The Dark Room
for director Rolf de Heer, Careful He Might Hear You, Robbery and Passion
Keogh has also designed numerous television commercials in Australia, the
United Kingdom and the United States, including several for director Alex
TREVOR JONES (Composer) is an award-nominated composer whose prolific
film credits include G.I. Jane, Desperate Measures, Last of the Mohicans,
In The Name of The Father, For Roseanna, Gulliver's Travels, Cliffhanger,
True Colors, Arachnophobia, Sea of Love and Mississippi Burning, to name
a few. A three-time BAFTA Award nominee for Best Score, Jones also received
nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Score and two Ivor Novello
Award nominations for Best Score.
DOV HOENIG (Editor) has edited such films as Michael Mann's Heat,
Last of the Mohicans, Manhunter, The Keep and Thief; Batman Forever; Alex
Proyas' The Crow; She's Out of Control, Garry Marshall's Overboard and Andrew
Davis' The Fugitive, Under Siege, Code of Silence, Andy Davis' Dial M For
Murder and, most recently, Chain Reaction.