Dark City: About The Filmmakers



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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 in Paradise."

 
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 Flower.

Keogh has also designed numerous television commercials in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, including several for director Alex Proyas.

 
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.

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