Roger Donaldson

Director, Producer, Photographer
Having proved himself to be a capable craftsman of several compelling political thrillers, director Roger Donaldson hit a downward spiral in his career after emerging from his native New Zealand as its cinematic savior ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1945 in Australia

Filmography

Director (19)

The November Man 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Cities 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Seeking Justice 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bank Job 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The World's Fastest Indian 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Recruit 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Thirteen Days 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Dante's Peak 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Species 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Getaway 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

White Sands 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Cadillac Man 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

No Way Out 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

MARIE: A True Story 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bounty 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Smash Palace 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Sleeping Dogs 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Fearless (TV Show)

Director
Producer (4)

The World's Fastest Indian 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cadillac Man 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Smash Palace 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sleeping Dogs 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

Cities 2013 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

The World's Fastest Indian 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Smash Palace 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Numero Bruno 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Having proved himself to be a capable craftsman of several compelling political thrillers, director Roger Donaldson hit a downward spiral in his career after emerging from his native New Zealand as its cinematic savior, only to reestablish himself in the new millennium. With "Sleeping Dogs" (1977), Donaldson singlehandedly put New Zealand on the map as the next filmmaking capital of the world, while also getting himself noticed in Hollywood. He failed to disappoint with his political thriller "No Way Out" (1987), which effectively tapped into the paranoia surrounding the rejuvenated Cold War. But Donaldson's goodwill was in jeopardy after directing the much-maligned "Cocktail" (1988), even though it proved to be one of the most financially successful movies of his career, thanks in large part to star Tom Cruise. After a rough patch that included the likes of "White Sands" (1992), "The Getaway" (1994) and "Dante's Peak" (1997), Donaldson pulled himself out of his career morass with "Thirteen Days" (2000), a taut and suspenseful look at the behind-the-scenes action inside the Kennedy White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. By the time he helmed the excellent heist thriller "The Bank Job" (2008), Donaldson had reestablished himself as one of cinema's most compelling filmmakers.

Milestones

2008

Helmed "The Bank Job" based on a 1971 true life robbery of a bank in Baker Street, London

2005

Directed (also wrote) Anthony Hopkins in "The World's Fastest Indian"

2003

Directed Al Pacino and Colin Farrell in the CIA spy thriller "The Recruit"

2000

Reteamed with Kevin Costner on the taut and well-made "Thirteen Days" about the 1961 Cuban missile crisis

1997

Directed the formulaic "Dante's Peak" starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton

1995

Returned to form with the sci-fi thriller "Species" starring Natasha Henstridge

1994

Directed Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in an ill-advised and unnecessary remake of "The Getaway"

1992

Helmed the murky murder mystery "White Sands"

1990

Co-produced (with Charles Roven) and directed the comedy "Cadillac Man" featuring Robin Williams and Tim Robbins

1988

Had box-office success with the Tom Cruise vehicle "Cocktail"

1987

Enjoyed a critical hit with "No Way Out" starring Kevin Costner; a remake of "The Big Clock" (1946)

1985

American film debut, "Marie: A True Story" starring Sissy Spacek

1984

First non-Australian film as director, "The Bounty" starring Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson

1981

His "Smash Palace" was shown at New Directors/New Films Festival at New York's Museum of Modern Art

1977

Feature directing and producing debut, "Sleeping Dogs"; first film produced in New Zealand in 15 years

1961

Immigrated to New Zealand aged 19

Born and raised in Australia

Directed a series of seven short dramas for New Zealand TV entitled "Winners and Losers"

Began career as stills photographer and then began making documentary films

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