Roger Avary

Roger Roberts Avary[1] (born August 23, 1965) is a Canadian-American film and television director, screenwriter, and producer. He collaborated with Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, for which they won Best Original Screenplay at the 67th Academy Awards. Avary directed Killing Zoe and The Rules of Attraction,[2] and wrote the screenplays for Silent Hill and Beowulf.

Roger Avary
Avary in 2012
Roger Roberts Avary

(1965-08-23) August 23, 1965
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer
Years active1992–present


Killing Zoe

Avary also wrote and directed the neo-noir thriller Killing Zoe (1994) which Quentin Tarantino executive produced. The film was honored with le Prix très spécial à Cannes 1994, the very same year that Pulp Fiction won the Palme d'Or. It continued to win awards worldwide on the festival circuit, including the Grand Prize at Japan's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in February 1994 and the Italian Mystfest.

Pulp Fiction

Roger Avary & Quentin Tarantino collaborated on the 1994 film Pulp Fiction for which they won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[3]

The Rules of Attraction

In 2002, Avary directed The Rules of Attraction, from his adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel, which he also executive produced. As of 2009, the film ranked as the twenty-seventh highest grossing college comedy of all time.[4]

The Rules of Attraction was the first studio film to be edited on Apple's Final Cut Pro editing system.[5] Avary became a spokesperson for Final Cut Pro product,[6] appearing in Apple print and web ads worldwide.

Avary and the film's composers, tomandandy, developed the audio format Mono SR for the film. Mono SR is an open source audio format that maintains the simplicity of monaural sound when motion picture delivery requirements include Dolby Digital noise reduction.

In 2004, Avary directed the film Glitterati (2004).

In 2005, Avary, at the request of his friend, actor James Van Der Beek, played the part of a peyote-taking gonzo film director Franklin Brauner in the film "Standing Still."[7]

Silent Hill

In 2006, Avary wrote a screenplay adaptation to the Konami video game, Silent Hill (2006), with French director and friend, Christophe Gans, and Killing Zoe producer Samuel Hadida. Avary and Gans being long time video gamers and fans of the Silent Hill series, collaborated on the film.[8]


Avary and novelist Neil Gaiman wrote the screenplay for the 2007 film Beowulf which was directed by Robert Zemeckis.[9]

La voix humaine

In early 2017 Avary directed a feature-length French-language filmed adaptation of Jean Cocteau's 1934 one-woman play, La voix humaine, starring French actress Elsa Zylberstein.

Lucky Day

In September 2017 Avary directed his own screenplay, Lucky Day, starring Luke Bracey, Nina Dobrev, and Crispin Glover, in Toronto & Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The film wrapped production on November 4, 2017. Lucky Day is to be released exclusively in France on September 18, 2019 and then released a month later in North America on October 11, 2019 in a day & date release both theatrically and on streaming VOD.

Manslaughter charge

On January 13, 2008, Avary was arrested under suspicion of manslaughter and DUI, following a car crash in Ojai, California, where a passenger, Andrea Zini, was killed. The Ventura County Sheriff's department responded to the crash after midnight Sunday morning on the 19-hundred block of East Ojai Avenue. Avary was released from jail on $50,000 bail.[10] In December 2008, he was charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, gross vehicular manslaughter and two felony counts of causing bodily injury while intoxicated.[11] On September 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 1 year in work furlough (allowing him to go to his job during the day and then report back to the furlough facility at night) and 5 years of probation.[12] However, after making several tweets about the conditions of his stay on Twitter, Avary was sent to Ventura County Jail to serve out the remainder of his term.[13]


1983 The Boys Cinematographer Short film
The Worm Turns Director, written by, producer
1987 Maximum Potential Production assistant
My Best Friend's Birthday Cinematographer Lost film
1992 Reservoir Dogs Miscellaneous crew
1993 True Romance Very special thanks
Killing Zoe Director, written by
1994 Pulp Fiction Stories by Co-wrote stories with Quentin Tarantino
1995 Crying Freeman The producer wish to thank, uncredited script work
Mr. Stitch Director, written by, executive producer Tv movie
1997 Odd Jobs Written by, producer
1998 RPM Uncredited script work
Phantasm IV: Oblivion Special thanks
Boogie Boy Executive producer
2000 The Last Man
2002 The Rules of Attraction Director, screenplay by, executive producer
2004 Glitterati Director, screenplay by, producer, editor, cinematographer Co-wrote with Kip Pardue
2006 36 Steps Spiritual support
2007 Beowulf Screenplay by, executive producer Co-wrote with Neil Gaiman
2012 John Dies at the End Special thanks
2014 Return to Zero Very special thanks
The Taking of Deborah Logan Special thanks
2016 Phantasm: Ravager
2017 The Last Call
2019 Lucky Day Director, written by


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  12. "Avary Given Work Furlough at Ojai Valley News Blog". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
  13. "Screenwriter Roger Avary moved from work furlough program to jail after tweeting episode". Los Angeles Times. 27 November 2009.
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