Roger Donaldson is a highly regarded director and producer, best known for The Bank Job (2008) starring Jason Statham, The Recruit (2003) starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell and Dante’s Peak (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan.
His first feature was Sleeping Dogs (1977), starring Sam Neill. Then followed Smash Palace in 1981. Legendary producer Dino De Laurentis then enlisted him to take over the troubled production of The Bounty (1984). The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.
Roger has since thrived as a Hollywood-based studio director, first winning Stateside box office success with Kevin Costner thriller No Way Out in 1987. Donaldson followed it with Tom Cruise hit Cocktail. He would collaborate with Costner again on the critically acclaimed Thirteen Days (2000), based on the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
In 2005 Roger’s Film, The World’s Fastest Indian, starring Anthony Hopkins, was released. It went on to win Best Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Achievement in Directing at the New Zealand Screen Awards and a AFI International Award nomination for Excellence in Filmmaking in 2006.
In 2014 Roger directed the Pierce Brosnan spy thriller, The November Man, based on Bill Granger’s canonical novel There Are No Spies. His most recent film, the Docu-Drama McLaren, screened at several festivals including the Sydney Film Festival.
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