Roland Joffe

Director, Producer
After a prolific career helming hard-hitting political themed dramas, British film director Roland Joff made a huge splash with his 1984 feature film debut, "The Killing Fields" - an unflinching drama about Cambodia's ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1945 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (13)

Texas Rising 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Lovers 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

There Be Dragons 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

You and I 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Captivity 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Animal (Roland Joffe and Alain Goldman) 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Vatel 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Scarlet Letter 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

City of Joy 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Fat Man and Little Boy 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mission 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (11)

The Lovers 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

There Be Dragons 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vatel 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Waterproof 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Scarlet Letter 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

City of Joy 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Taste of Freedom 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Taste of Freedom 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Undressed (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (3)

The Lovers 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

There Be Dragons 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fat Man and Little Boy 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

The Scarlet Letter 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After a prolific career helming hard-hitting political themed dramas, British film director Roland Joffé made a huge splash with his 1984 feature film debut, "The Killing Fields" - an unflinching drama about Cambodia's savage Khmer Rouge massacres. Nominated for a stunning seven Academy Awards - including one for Joffé as Best Director - "The Killing Fields" ended up winning three (for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Supporting Actor). After a white-hot start, Joffé's career cooled off significantly in the 1990s thanks to a string of box-office failures including "Super Mario Bros." (1993) and his 1995 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," starring Demi Moore. With the exception of the French biopic "Vatel" (2000), Joffé's career remained mostly dormant during the new millennium; that is, until the release of "Captivity" (2007), a psychological horrorfest - complete with controversial ratings drama before its summer release.

Relationships

Nathalie Joffe

Daughter
born c. 1986 mother, Cherie Lunghi

Rowan Joffe

Son
born c. 1972 mother, Jane Lapotaire

Jane Lapotaire

Wife
mother of Joffe's son Rowan married c. 1971 divorced c. 1978

Cherie Lunghi

Companion
mother of Joffe's daughter, Nathalie

EDUCATION

Manchester University

graduated

Manchester University

graduated

Milestones

2007

Returned to directing after several years with the thriller "Captivity"

2000

Helmed the lavish costume drama "Vatel" starring Gérard Depardieu as the legendary French chef chosen to serve King Louis XIV; film was chosen to open the 2000 Cannes Film Festival

1999

Executive produced the half-hour daily series for MTV about people's bedtime habits, "Undressed"

1999

Directed the youthful neo-noir, "Goodbye Lover" (brief theatrical release)

1995

Helmed the poorly recieved "The Scarlet Letter" starring Demi Moore

1993

Produced and partially directed the big budget adaptation of the video game, "Super Mario Bros."

1992

Helmed the film adaptation of Dominique Lapierre's novel "City of Joy" starring Patrick Swayze

1991

First US television producing credit, the TNT documentary, "A Taste of Freedom," which looks at the life of one family in post-Soviet Russia

1989

Directed the high-minded, thinly conceived "Fat Man and Little Boy" starring John Cusack in his first 'grown-up' performance

1986

Helmed "The Mission," a tragic story of two disparate but equally disastrous attempts to settle 18th century Latin America, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons

1984

Directing and producing debut, "The Killing Fields"

Joined the Young Vic Theatre after graduation; directed many early productions for its repertory company

Signed with Granada Television in England; helmed the documentaries "Anne" and "Rope" and the series "Bill Brand" and "The Stars Look Down"

Youngest ever director to work at London's National Theater; done while Laurence Olivier was artistic director

Wrote several "Plays for Today" produced by Tony Garnett, including "The Spongers" and "United Kingdom"

Helped form the National Theatre's first touring company

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