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Born in Melbourne in 1938, Frederic Alan Schepisi is an Australian film director and screenwriter. He began his career in advertising and directed both commercials and documentaries ; he then fouded his own production company, The Film House Pty Ltd. En 1971, he directed « The Priest », which is one of four parts of the film « Libido ». « The Devil’s Playground » (1976) is his first long feature : he won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Direction and the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay for for this film.

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