Australian director most widely known for the film Roxanne as well as the Emmy-nominated HBO series Empire Falls. He started his career like a movie director of TV advertisements and documentaries prior to making his feature film debut, The Devil’s Playground, in 1976. He received the Australian Film Institute Honor for Best Path and Greatest Screenplay for both Devil’s Playground and Bad Angels. His dad Frederic was a fruits seller. His film Roxanne helped Steve Martin earn a Golden World for Best Overall performance by an Acting professional in a Humor or Musical.