Roland Joffe was born in London 11/17/45.

One of the founders of the Young Vic, he worked for years in British theater and television (dramatic and documentary). He made his feature directing debut with 1984's The Killing Fields followed by the flop The Mission. It's been downhill from there.

"Those directors who decided they were also writers after their careers were launched, often stumbled in the process. Roland Joffe's initial film, The Killing Fields, was well received, but as Joffe focused on his new self-assigned role as writer-director, what seemed like a promising career began to yield the likes of The Scarlet Letter." (Shoot Out, pg. 73)