Roger Christian (born 1944) is a set decorator, production designer and feature film director.
Christian was born in London, England. He began his career as an assistant art director on several UK productions including the Hammer Studios film And Soon the Darkness (1970). He won an Academy Award for set decoration on the science fiction classic Star Wars (1977). Two years later, Christian received his second Oscar nomination for his work as the production designer on Ridley Scott's Alien (1979). Christian maintained his working relationship with George Lucas over the years, having worked on Return of the Jedi (1983) and being the second unit director on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
Christian began his directing career with the shorts Black Angel (1980) and The Dollar Bottom (1981). He made his feature film debut with the horror film The Sender (1982). His biggest project to date was the big budget L. Ron Hubbard science fiction adaptation Battlefield Earth (2000) starring John Travolta and Barry Pepper, which is largely considered a commercial and critical disaster, and as one of the "worst films ever made".
He directed the music video "Election Day" by the band Arcadia in Paris, France in 1985.
Late 2006, he is back in the director's chair with an action/adventure/mystery movie, Prisoners of the Sun, starring John Rhys-Davies, David Charvet, Carmen Chaplin and Gulshan Grover.
Filmography as directorEdit
- Black Angel (1979) - short
- The Dollar Bottom (1981) - short
- The Sender (1982)
- Starship (1985)
- Nostradamus (1994)
- The Final Cut (1995)
- Underworld (1996)
- Masterminds (1997)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999, second-unit director alongside George Lucas)
- Battlefield Earth (2000)
- American Daylight (2004)
- Bandido (2004)
- Prisoners of the Sun (2010)