Born April 29, 1950, in Griffith, Australia, Noyce began his career making short documentaries about life in his native land. Soon, his horizons expanded, and he began making features -- first documentaries, then fiction. After achieving success in Australia with films such as Heatwave (1982), he finally achieved international recognition with the searing seafaring thriller Dead Calm (1989), starring Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill.
Other important films for Noyce include Rabbit-Proof Fence (the story of three Aboriginal girls in 1930s Australia) and the Michael Caine-starred The Quiet American (2002).
When the president's close friend is murdered over ties to a Colombian drug cartel, CIA Deputy Director Jack Ryan becomes unwittingly involved in an illegal paramilitary operation that goes awry.