|Name Roger Scholes|
|Spouse Katherine Scholes|
|Movies The Tale of Ruby Rose, The Coolbaroo Club, The Sealer, Little Lamb, The Last Tall Forests, Highland Winter, The Valley|
Nominations AACTA Award for Best Direction, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Editing in a Non-Feature film
Similar People Katherine Scholes, Melita Jurisic, Rod Zuanic, Chris Haywood, Paul Schutze
Roger Scholes (born 1950) has been an independent film and television maker since 1983. He’s worked as a producer, director, writer, script editor, cinematographer and editor in drama and documentary projects for cinema and television.
Roger graduated from the Swinburne Film and TV School, now the VCA Film School, in 1971 and worked at Fred Schepisi’s Film House in Melbourne. During the 70’s he worked in France, Switzerland, U.K. and United States. In 1982 he returned to Swinburne for the post-graduate course and awarded Best Director at his graduation.
In December 1982 he directed and edited a short film The Franklin River blockade concerning the Franklin Dam.
During the 80’s he worked with his writer/film producer partner, Katherine Scholes, on a number of documentaries before writing and directing his first feature film The Tale of Ruby Rose. The film won four critics prizes at the Venice Film Festival in 1987 including Best Actress and Best Director. In 1988 Roger and Katherine formed their production company, Edward Street Films. Together they produced numerous documentaries including THE VALLEY, THE LAST TALL FORESTS and HOME OF THE BRAVE which won First Prize at the International ITVA American Film Awards in 1993.
In 1996 Roger co-wrote and directed THE COOLBAROO CLUB, a dramatized documentary for cinema and television release. It won the 1996 Human Rights Award for Media. In 1998 he co-wrote and directed THE HUMAN JOURNEY, a 3-hour documentary series for ABC TV and Discovery Channel, which won the 2000 Eureka Prize for Science Media.
2000s Since then he has written and directed the 3 hour teleseries STORIES FROM THE STONE AGE which gained a record viewership for ABC TV, S4c and Channel4. His documentary series LAST PORT OF CALL and FUTURE SHACK gained the highest documentary rating for the ABC in 2006 with 1.2 million viewers and 2010 series THE PASSIONATE APPRENTICES gained the highest Inside Australia slot rating ever for SBS TV.
In 2014 Roger was the Cinematographer on the ABC documentary Defendant5 and the Production Designer on the International History TV series Death or Liberty. Roger is preparing a number of films and online projects for production including a feature film CROW BAY, a feature film SECRET COVE, an online & cable drama NEANDERTHALS DREAM TOO DON’T THEY?, an online & cable series TASMAIAN FOOD Safari [W/T] – 13 X 25mins.
Roger has worked as a cinematographer with over 35 years experience in celluloid and digital formats. He has written numerous screenplays for film and television and has worked as a production designer and script editor on many feature film, documentary and community education projects. He has also worked as a lecturer, mentor and tutor in film writing, directing, cinematography and production for many institutions including the Australian Film Television and Radio School, the Swinburne University Film and Television School, York University, Deakin University, Film Victoria, the Australian Film Commission, Screen Tasmania, Latrobe University, The Friends School, Kickstart Arts, Wide Angle Tasmania and has served as a board member for the Swinburne Film School [now the VCA], the Tasmanian Film Festival and Screen Tasmania.
Selected Reviews THE TALE OF RUBY ROSE: ‘a masterly evocation.. intensely poetic and mystical’ Christine Cremen, THE AUSTRALIAN / ‘a savagely strong portrait’ THE AGE / ‘RUBY ROSE is outstanding’, IL GIORNO, ITALY / ‘visually magnificent – 4 out of 5’, David Stratton VARIETY THE PASSIONATE APPRENTICES: CRITICS CHOICE ‘a beautiful documentary’ - THE AGE / PICK OF THE DAY - 5 out of 5 - 'simple, unpolished and beautiful..’ - TIME OUT / Engaging, life-affirming stuff - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / PICK OF THE WEEK ‘a joy to watch,’ - CANBERRA TIMES / 'like something out of a medieval legend - DAILY TELEGRAPH / TV PICK - Graeme Blundell – THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN LAST PORT OF CALL: Must-See TV..’ - SUNDAY MAIL /‘an enchanting film’ - WHO MAGAZINE / Pick of the Day’ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD STORIES FROM THE STONE AGE: Pick of the Day – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / Critic’s Pick – THE AGE Green Guide THE HUMAN JOURNEY: The story is gripping, Hugo Weaving is terrific, the script well written and easy on the ears. – AUSTRALIAN SCREEN THE COOLBAROO CLUB: ‘This film should be compulsory viewing for every Australian’ - Robert Drewe, THE AUSTRALIAN / ‘Lifts the lid on postwar race relations in Australia’ - THE AGE