ICEMAN
1984, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi

In this thought-provoking sci-fi drama, anthropologist Stanley Shephard (Timothy Hutton) is summoned to an Arctic base when a Neanderthal man is discovered frozen in a glacier. As the scientists thaw the body, the man (an Oscar-worthy John Lone) is resuscitated – and at risk of becoming a guinea pig for research unless Shephard intervenes.


ROXANNE
1987, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi

Steve Martin was never better than as long-nosed Colorado fire chief C.D. Bales in this sparkling update of Cyrano de Bergerac. Daryl Hannah is the titular beauty who catches the eye of a rookie fireman (Rick Rossovich) reliant on Bales’ way with words for his love letters to her. Martin penned the screenplay to this charming romantic comedy, among the best of the 1980s - the film’s barroom challenge to devise 20 nose jokes is just one example of the writer-star’s razor-sharp wit.


WORDS AND PICTURES
2013, Roadside Attractions, 111 min, USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi

Alcohol and arthritis, respectively, have slowed the careers of writer Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) and painter Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche); the two now teach at an exclusive New England prep school. But both are re-energized when a debate rages across campus - which is stronger, words or images? Director Fred Schepisi’s skill in both of these areas has produced a romantic drama that’s as emotionally involving as it is thought-provoking. With Bruce Davison and Amy Brenneman.


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