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Also Known As: Roland Joff Died:
Born: November 17, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: director, producer

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  You and I (2012)
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  Captivity (2007)
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  Vatel (2000) Director
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  Goodbye Lover (1998) Director
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  Scarlet Letter, The (1995) Director
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  City of Joy (1992) Director
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  Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) Director
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  Mission, The (1986) Director
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  The Killing Fields (1984) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Scarlet Letter, The (1996) Interviewee
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Joined the Young Vic Theatre after graduation; directed many early productions for its repertory company
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Youngest ever director to work at London's National Theater; done while Laurence Olivier was artistic director
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Helped form the National Theatre's first touring company
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Signed with Granada Television in England; helmed the documentaries "Anne" and "Rope" and the series "Bill Brand" and "The Stars Look Down"
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Wrote several "Plays for Today" produced by Tony Garnett, including "The Spongers" and "United Kingdom"
1984:
Directing and producing debut, "The Killing Fields"
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
1989:
Directed the high-minded, thinly conceived "Fat Man and Little Boy" starring John Cusack in his first 'grown-up' performance
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
1992:
Helmed the film adaptation of Dominique Lapierre's novel "City of Joy" starring Patrick Swayze
1993:
Produced and partially directed the big budget adaptation of the video game, "Super Mario Bros."
1995:
Helmed the poorly recieved "The Scarlet Letter" starring Demi Moore
1999:
Directed the youthful neo-noir, "Goodbye Lover" (brief theatrical release)
1999:
Executive produced the half-hour daily series for MTV about people's bedtime habits, "Undressed"
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
2007:
Returned to directing after several years with the thriller "Captivity"
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Education

Manchester University: -
Manchester University: -

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wife:
Jane Lapotaire. Actor. Mother of Joffe's son Rowan; divorced c. 1978.
companion:
Cherie Lunghi. Actor.

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son:
Rowan Joffe. Screenwriter, playwright. Born c. 1972; mother, Jane Lapotaire.
daughter:
Nathalie Joffe. Mother, Cherie Lunghi.

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