Noyce is back

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Phillip Noyce, noted director of "Salt" and "The Quiet American," will make his fourth visit to Vietnam this month.

From May 26 to June 8, Noyce will participate in a variety of seminars and cinema events as well as promote a new Vietnamese translation of his book.

"Backroads to Hollywood," by Ingo Petzke, tells the story of the Australian-born director's life and career. The Vietnamese translation of the book will soon be available for VND160,000 (US$8).

On May 27, Noyce will appear at Hotel Continental Saigon on Dong Khoi Street for the release of the new translation.

The following day, he'll meet with students from the Hoa Sen (Lotus) University which has organized a poster design contest (to be judged by Noyce) to promote his arrival.

University officials have said they hope to attract the blockbuster director as one of their top lecturers.

Later that day, Noyce will hold a seminar for local filmmakers at the BHD Star Cinema.

On May 29, Noyce will attend screenings of "The Quiet American" at Megastar Cineplex in District 5.

The film will be screened five times. Admission will cost VND40,000 ($2) for normal shows while those attended by Noyce will cost VND200,000 ($10.)

Following the events, the director will be joined by his family for a week-long vacation.

Noyce began his career in the 70s in Australia.

The 1989 thriller "Dead Calm" launched the career of Nicole Kidman and provided the burgeoning director with a foothold in Hollywood.

His greatest commercial success to date has been his adaptation of Tom Clancy's spy thriller Clear and Present Danger in 1994 starring Harrison Ford.

His 2010 action thriller, "Salt," starred Angelina Jolie and grossed nearly $300 million both in the US and abroad.

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