Roger Avary
Roger Avary in 2012 Scream Awards
Avary in 2012
Roger Roberts Avary

(1965-08-23) August 23, 1965 (age 57)
Occupation(s)Director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1992–present

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, The Rules of Attraction, Lucky Day, and wrote the screenplays for Silent Hill and Beowulf.[2]

In 2022, Avary reunited with Quentin Tarantino to launch a podcast called The Video Archives Podcast.[3] The first episode premiered on July 19, 2022.[4]


Pulp Fiction

Avary and Quentin Tarantino worked on the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, for which they won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[5] According to Tarantino, Avary originally came up with the plot of the boxer Butch Coolidge and his gold watch from a screenplay named Pandemonium Reigns he had written himself.[6]

The Rules of Attraction

In 2002, Avary directed the film adaptation for The Rules of Attraction, based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel, which he also executive produced.[7] The Rules of Attraction was the first studio film to be edited on Apple's Final Cut Pro editing system.[8] Avary became a spokesperson for Final Cut Pro product,[9] appearing in Apple print and web ads worldwide. 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.[10]

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 gamers and fans of the Silent Hill series, collaborated on the film.[11]


Avary and novelist Neil Gaiman wrote the screenplay for the 2007 film Beowulf which was directed by Robert Zemeckis.[12]

Lucky Day

In September 2017 Avary directed his own screenplay, Lucky Day, a semi-sequel of Killing Zoe.[13]

The Video Archives Podcast (2022–present)

In 2021, Quentin Tarantino announced that he and Roger Avary would launch a podcast titled The Video Archives Podcast.[14] The point of the podcast is to discuss films from the actual Video Archives collection that they would recommend to customers when they worked there. The set is surrounded by actual VHS copies of films from Video Archives that Tarantino bought after the store went out of business. They are joined by podcast announcer, Gala Avary, Roger Avary's daughter. The first episode premiered on July 19, 2022.[4] The duo discussed John Carpenter's Dark Star (1974) and Ulli Lommel's Cocaine Cowboys (1979).

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, Andreas Zini, was killed. The Ventura County Sheriff's department responded to the crash after midnight Sunday morning on the 1900 block of East Ojai Avenue. Avary was released from jail on $50,000 bail.[15] 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.[16] He changed his plea to guilty on August 18, 2009.[17] On September 29, 2009, he was sentenced to one 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 five years of probation.[18] 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.[19]

In a 2012 interview with IndieWire, Avary said, regarding the crash and incarceration, "Incarceration didn't change me," and after a long pause, "In many, many ways, incarceration galvanized me. The totality of the experience helped me." He went on to say, "I spend every waking moment thinking about how I can live my life in such a way to honor this terrible loss that occurred."[20]

In 2019, Avary said about the crash, "When something like that happens and an atom bomb sort of goes off in your life, it either blows you into pieces—if you allow it to—or you use the force of the blast to propel you forward."[21]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1993 Killing Zoe Yes Yes No Grand Prize at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
1994 Pulp Fiction No Story No Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
1995 Mr. Stitch Yes Yes Executive
2002 The Rules of Attraction Yes Yes Executive
2004 Glitterati Yes Yes Yes Unreleased;
Also editor and cinematographer
2006 Silent Hill No Yes No
2007 Beowulf No Yes Executive
2019 Lucky Day Yes Yes No


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1997 Odd Jobs Yes Yes Yes TV pilot
2012 XIII: The Series No Yes Executive 13 episodes

Short films

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1983 The Worm Turns Yes Yes Yes
1983 The Boys No No Yes Also cinematographer

Other credits

Year Title Role
1987 Maximum Potential Production assistant
1987 My Best Friend's Birthday Lost film
1992 Reservoir Dogs Writer of background radio dialogue[22]
1993 True Romance[22] Uncredited writer[22]
1998 Boogie Boy Executive producer
2000 The Last Man Executive producer
2006 36 Steps Spiritual support


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