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Roger Donaldson

Roger Donaldson was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia and in 1965 he emigrated to New Zealand to establish a small still photography business. He first entered the film industry when he made the drama series Winners and Losers for New Zealand television, directing and producing his first feature film SLEEPING DOGS in 1977. As this was the first film to come out of New Zealand in nearly 15 years, he lobbied the New Zealand Government to found the New Zealand Film Commission in 1978. Donaldson's first American break was his remake of the film Mutiny of the Bounty, which was released as THE BOUNTY, featuring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins and was nominated for the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, Donaldson has been involved with many popular and successful movies, among them being the thriller NO WAY OUT, starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman, COCKTAIL, starring Tom Cruise, CADILLAC MAN, with Robin Williams and Tim Robbins, SPECIES, with Ben Kingsley and Natasha Henstridge, DANTE'S PEAK with Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton. His most recent projects are THIRTEEN DAYS, starring Kevin Costner and Steven Culp, THE RECRUIT, starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell and THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN starring Anthony Hopkins.

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Roger Donaldson Facts

BirthdayNovember 15, 1945 (75)
BirthplaceBallarat, Australia

Selected Filmography

The Bank Job
Thirteen Days
The World's Fastest Indian
Dante's Peak
No Way Out
The November Man
The Bounty
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