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Though Hicks had limited exposure to cinema while growing up he did go to theatre and concerts as available and was an avid radio listener particularly of classical music and plays Youngest of four he recalls his childhood as rather solitary At 16 he had completed high school and was about to enter Adelaide University for a lawarts degree when a chance encounter spun him in a different direction After a performance of the anti-war musical Vietrock there was a discussion led by a long-haired denim-clad philosophy professor from Flinders University He instantly exploded my stereotypical notions about philosophers - and awoke me to the existence of another university nearby Newer and more liberal Flinders attracted drama students from all over Australia Intrigued Hicks entered Flinders to major in English and Drama without realizing that cinema studies were part of the curriculum Instantly attracted to the medium he threw himself headlong into the study of great directors film movements like German Expressionism a favorite and filmmaking techniques The demands and pleasures of hands-on filmmaking were to dominate his entire Honors degree Four years later he graduated into an industry which was emerging from decades of inactivity stimulated by renewed government support for the arts South Australia was at the forefront of this Australian film revival with established directors Peter Weir and Bruce Beresford coming to Adelaide to make their films Hicks worked as a crew member on a dozen features over the next few years At the same time he was successful in bidding for contracts to write and direct short dramas and sponsored documentaries Between then and now Scott Hicks has always had a job in some aspect of filmmaking but the 20 year stretch between graduation and Shine often felt labyrinthine and lonely By the mid-1980s he had managed to make a couple of low budget features one for the South Australian Film Corporation In
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