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Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
(born 17 November 1945) is an English-French film director who is known for the Oscar-winning movies The Killing Fields and The Mission. He began his career in television. His early television credits included episodes of Coronation Street
Coronation Street
and an adaptation of The Stars Look Down
The Stars Look Down
for Granada. He gained a reputation for hard-hitting political stories with the series Bill Brand and factual dramas for Play for Today.


1 Education 2 Career

2.1 TV director 2.2 Film director

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Television 4.2 Film

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Education[edit] Joffé was educated at two independent schools: the Lycée français Charles de Gaulle in London, and Carmel College in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, which was Europe's only Jewish
boarding school, until it closed in 1997. He completed his formal education at the University of Manchester. Career[edit] TV director[edit] After university, Joffé joined Granada Television
Granada Television
as a trainee director in 1973, where he directed episodes of Coronation Street,[1][2] Sam,[2] The Stars Look Down,[2] Crown Court,[2] Bill Brand,[2] and Headmaster.[2] In 1977, producer Tony Garnett was commissioned by the BBC
to direct the play The Spongers
The Spongers
within BBCs Play for Today
Play for Today
series. He informed the BBC
drama department that he wanted to hire Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
as director, but was told that Joffé did not possess BBC
clearance and was regarded a "security risk".[3] The reason was that Joffé had attended some Workers' Revolutionary Party meetings in the early 1970s,[4] although he never became a party member. He explained around 1988: "I was very interested in politics at that time. But I was interested in what all the political parties were doing, not just the WRP, and I was never actively involved."[5] Only after Garnett threatened he would "go public", was the veto on Joffé's appointment withdrawn.[5] The Spongers
The Spongers
won the prestigious Prix Italia award. Joffé also directed an episode in BBC's Second City Firsts in 1977[2] and later directed two more plays for Play for Today: The Legion Hall Bombing (1979) and United Kingdom (1981).[2] In 1979, he directed the TV play No, Mama, No by Verity Bargate for the ITV Playhouse series,[2] and in 1980 he made a version of 17th century dramatist John Ford's play 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
'Tis Pity She's a Whore
as a TV film for the BBC.[2] Film director[edit] Roland Joffé's first two feature films (The Killing Fields, 1984, and The Mission, 1986) each garnered him an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Director. Joffé worked closely with producer David Puttnam
David Puttnam
on each film. The Killing Fields detailed the friendship of two men, an American journalist for The New York Times, and his translator, a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
in Communist Cambodia. It won three Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing) and was nominated for four more (including Best Picture and Best Director). The Mission was a story of conflict between Jesuit
missionaries in South America, who were trying to convert the Guaraní Indians, and the Portuguese and Spanish colonisers, who wanted to enslave the natives. In an interview with Thomas Bird, Joffé says of The Mission, "The Indians are innocent. The film is about what happens in the world . . . what that innocence brings out in us. You would sit in a cinema in New York, or in Tokyo, or Paris, and for that point of time you would be joined with your companions on this planet. You would come out with a real sense of a network.".[6] The film won the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
and Technical Grand Jury Prize at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. It achieved six Academy Awards nominations—including for Best Picture, Best Director, and Ennio Morricone's acclaimed Best Original Score—and won one, for Best Cinematography. Since his initial acclaim, Joffé's film career has been less successful. In 1993, he produced and partially directed a big budget adaptation of the video game Super Mario Bros.. The film struggled to make back its budget. His 1995 adaptation of The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
was a critical and financial disaster, and his 2007 horror film Captivity drew controversy with its advertising billboards, widely regarded as exploitative and misogynistic. He received Razzie Nominations for Worst Director for The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
and Captivity. His 2011 release, There Be Dragons, garnered press attention as it dealt with the Catholic organisation Opus Dei.[7][8] A movie about faith and forgiveness, There Be Dragons
There Be Dragons
is a project that Joffé says has a message he's proud to say on film. In an interview with CBN.com, he stated, "I have a very deep emotional investment in this film. I feel that I really want to stand behind what it says to us as human beings."[9] In 2013 Joffé directed the Anglo-Indian historical epic romance time travel adventure film, The Lovers. Personal life[edit] Joffé is of Jewish
descent. He is not related to the French film director Arthur Joffé as often wrongly stated. Joffé's adopted grandfather was the renowned sculptor Jacob Epstein. He has described himself as a "wobbly agnostic".[10] Joffé was formerly married to actress Jane Lapotaire and had a relationship with actress Cherie Lunghi.[11][12] He has a son, Rowan Joffé (b. 1973), with the former, and a daughter, Nathalie Lunghi (b. 1986), with the latter. Joffé is a board member of the nonprofit organization Operation USA. He was the official patron of the 2011 Cambodia
Volleyball World Cup held from 23 to 29 July at the National Olympic Stadium Phnom Penh.[13] Filmography[edit] Television[edit]

Coronation Street
Coronation Street
(1973–1974, 4 episodes) Sam (1974–1975, 4 episodes) The Stars Look Down
The Stars Look Down
(1975) (6 episodes) Crown Court (1976, 4 episodes) Bill Brand (1976, 5 episodes) Headmaster (1977, 3 episodes) Second City Firsts (1977, 1 episode) The Spongers
The Spongers
(1978) The Legion Hall Bombing (1978, uncredited) No, Mama, No (1979) United Kingdom (1981) Texas Rising
Texas Rising
(2015) (all 5 episodes) Sun Records (2017) (all 8 episodes)


The Killing Fields (1984) The Mission (1986) Fat Man and Little Boy
Fat Man and Little Boy
(1989) City of Joy (1992) Super Mario Bros. (uncredited, 1993) The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
(1995) Goodbye Lover
Goodbye Lover
(1998) Vatel (2000) Undressed
(2002, 1 episode) Captivity (2007) You and I (2008) There Be Dragons
There Be Dragons
(2011) The Lovers (2013) The Forgiven (2017)

Awards and nominations[edit] Academy Awards:

1985: Best Director (The Killing Fields, nominated) 1987: Best Director (The Mission, nominated)

BAFTA Awards:

1985: Best Direction (The Killing Fields, nominated) 1987: Best Direction (The Mission, nominated) 1987: Best Film (The Mission, nominated)

Berlin International Film Festival:

1990: Golden Bear (Fat Man and Little Boy, nominated)

Cannes Film Festival:

1986: Golden Palm (The Mission, won) 1986: Technical Grand Prize (The Mission, won)

Golden Globes:

1985: Best Director (The Killing Fields, nominated) 1987: Best Director (The Mission, nominated)

Golden Raspberry Awards:

1996: Worst Picture (The Scarlet Letter, nominated) 1996: Worst Remake Or Sequel (The Scarlet Letter, won) 1996: Worst Director (The Scarlet Letter, nominated) 2008: Worst Director (Captivity, nominated)

Prix Italia:

1978: The Spongers[14]


^ The Independent, 5 October 2007: Roland Joffé: Why the director is a victim of his own success Retrieved 2013-03-06 ^ a b c d e f g h i j IMDb: Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
Filmography Retrieved 2013-03-06 ^ Mark Hollingsworth and Richard Norton-Taylior Blacklist: The Inside Story of Political Vetting, London: Hogarth Press, 1988, p.97-99. The relevant extract from this book is here. ^ At that time, the WRP was known as the Socialist Labour League, but Hollingsworth and Norton-Taylor use the later form. ^ a b Blacklist, p.98 ^ Bird, Thomas. " Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
", BOMB Magazine
BOMB Magazine
Winter, 1987. Retrieved 2012-11-26. ^ Roland Joffé's new film Mission: to uncover secrets of the Opus Dei The Guardian. 8 June 2009 ^ Bringing a Saint’s Life to the Screen The New York Times. 22 August 2009 ^ Director Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
Explains "There Be Dragons", CBN.com. ^ Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
Interview to the National Catholic Register ^ "Roland Joffé". Findmypast.co.uk.  ^ "Strictly Come Dancing's Cherie Lunghi had sham marriage". Mirror.co.uk. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19.  ^ " Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
Announced as Patron of World Cup". Volleyball World Cup. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12.  ^ Prix Italia, Winners 1949 – 2010, RAI Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.

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Film Critics' Circle Award for Director of the Year

Nicolas Roeg
Nicolas Roeg
(1980) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1981) Costa-Gavras
(1982) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1983) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1984) Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
(1985) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1986) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1987) John Huston
John Huston
(1988) Terence Davies (1989) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1990) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
(1991) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1992) James Ivory
James Ivory
(1993) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1994) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
(1997) Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2000) Alejandro González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu
(2001) Phillip Noyce
Phillip Noyce
(2002) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2003) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2007) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) George Miller (2015) László Nemes
László Nemes
(2016) Sean Baker (2017)

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Films directed by Roland Joffé

The Killing Fields (1984) The Mission (1986) Fat Man and Little Boy
Fat Man and Little Boy
(1989) City of Joy (1992) The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
(1995) Goodbye Lover
Goodbye Lover
(1998) Vatel (2000) Captivity (2007) You and I (2008) There Be Dragons
There Be Dragons
(2011) The Lovers (2013) Texas Rising
Texas Rising
(2015) The Forgiven (2017)

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