Educated at Manchester (England) University.
Initially a director for stage and television documentaries, Joffe’s first film was the natural, gruesome subject of Cambodia. On that outing, and with The Mission, there were Oscar nominations for best director and best picture—no matter that The Mission was a silly, old-fashioned melodrama lit up with National Geographic scenery. On the strength of those two films.
Fat Man and Little Boy could hardly have had a bigger (or more scenic) subject than Los Alamos. Rut its drama was muffled and made respectable. Still, nothing suggested the fatuous action of City of Joy or the inane big-star direction of Demi Moore as Hester Prynne. It’s a strange career, not explained by Joffe’s role as producer on Super Mario Bros. (93, Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel).