Mark Joffe


Born in Russia in 1956, Joffe immigrated to Australia, and directed two TV series in the 1980s, Carson’s Law (1983) and The Fast Lane (1985). He then went on to direct Watch the Shadows Dance, also known as Nightmaster, in 1986 in the USA, before directing the TV mini-series The Great Bookie Robbery, also in that year. Joffe’s first [?] film was Grievous Bodily Harm, in 1988. After that he directed Shadows of the Cobra, (1989, TV) and in 1990, the TV-screened More Winners: Boy Soldiers. His next film was Spotswood, in 1991. This film is significant because it was also Toni Collette’s first film; it is possible that Collette’s and Joffe’s association in this film may have led to Collette gaining her part in Cosi. After Cosi, Joffe directed The Matchmaker in 1997 and, in 2001, is directing as well as producing the Man Who Sued God. Joanna Ladiges.

Skin Deep (Mark Joffe, 1983) wr. Anne Lucas, prod. Stanley Walsh, dp Ray Henman; Briony Behets, Antoinette Byron, Angelo D'Angelo, Paul Dawber, Carmen Duncan, Jon Finlayson, Kate Fitzpatrick, Liz Harris, Bartholomew John, Nicole Kidman, Bobby Limb; telemovie; 100 min.

Great Bookie Robbery, The (Marcus Cole, Mark Joffe, 1986) mini-series

Watch the Shadows Dance (Mark Joffe, 1987) aka Nightmaster (video); wr. Michael McGennan, dp Martin McGrath; Tom Jennings, Nicole Kidman, Vince Martin; martial arts

Grievous Bodily Harm (Mark Joffe, 1988) thriller; Colin Friels, John Waters, Bruno Lawrence; Friels is a corrupt crime reporter, Lawrence a corrupt cop, Waters a psycho; 96 min.

Spotswood (Mark Joffe, 1992) aka The Efficiency Expert; Anthony Hopkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Alwyn Kurts, Bruno Lawrence, John Walton, Rebecca Rigg, Toni Collette, Russell Crowe; mocassin factory shaken by arrival of time-and-motion expert

Cosi (Mark Joffe, 1996) wr. Louis Nowra (also play); prod. Richard Brennan, Timothy White; Barry Otto (Roy), Ben Mendelsohn (Lewis), Toni Collette (Julie), Pamela Rabe (Ruth), Jacki Weaver (Cherry), Paul Chubb (Henry), Colin Hay (Zac), David Wenham (Doug), Colin Friels (Errol), Aden Young (Nick), Rachel Griffiths (Lucy), Kerry Fletcher (OT person), Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Robin Ramsay (the Minister); set in asylum; based to some extent on Louis Nowra's own experience - but he produced Trial by Jury

Man Who Sued God, The (Mark Joffe, 2002) wr. Don Watson, dp Peter James; Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, Bille Brown, Wendy Hughes, Emily Browning, 98 min.

Dripping in Chocolate (Mark Joffe, 2012) telemovie; David Wenham, Louise Lombard, Richard Brancatisano; crime mystery

Violet Town (Mark Joffe, 2015) wr. Matt Cameron from Steven Carroll's novel, The Art of the Engine Driver, prod. John Molloy, Ian Collie, Mark Joffe; Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike, Sebastian Koch; drama; New Year's Eve party where buried secrets are revealed; locations Melbourne, regional Victoria


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