Fred Schepisi (born in Melbourne, 1939) began his career in advertising in 1954. He joined Cinesound Films as Victorian Manager in 1964. Two years later, and in partnership, he renamed Cinesound as The Film House – Australia’s foremost commercial/industrial documentary company.
In 1973, The Priest (one part of Libido) was Fred’s entry to theatrical filming, followed by The Devil's Playground (1975), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1977), Barbarosa (1981), Iceman (1983), Plenty (1985), Roxanne (1987), Evil Angels (aka A Cry in the Dark, 1988), The Russia House (1990), Mr. Baseball (1992), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), IQ (1994), Fierce Creatures (co-directed; 1996), Last Orders (2001), It Runs in the Family (2002), Empire Falls (2005), The Eye of the Storm (2011) and Words & Pictures (2013).
In 2004 he received the Order of Australia for his service to the Australian film industry.