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Roger Tompkins (28 February 1952, Paddington, England) is a British television director of series such as The Ray Bradbury Theater.
1967 First visit to New Zealand New Zealand.
1969 Spent the late sixties early seventies traveling. Hitchhiked from New Zealand to England. Traveled overland across Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Indian, Afghanistan, and Iran to Europe. Lived in Paris and London before returning to New Zealand.
1972 Stage manager at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in New Zealand; headline act Black Sabbath.
1973 Tour-managed Caravan, Lindisfarne, Slade, and Status Quo NZ/Australian tour.
1973 Moved back to the UK to work with Linisfarne, Charisma Records (Tony Stratton-Smith & WEA Records (Ron Kass).
1974 Worked with Tony Secunda and Steeleye Span whose single ‘All Around My Hat’ reached the Top 5 in the UK charts.
1975 Entered the UK film industry. Worked mostly on television commercials with some of the great commercial directors of the seventies and eighties: Bob Bierman, Len Fulford, Michael Seresin, Ross Crammer and Tony Scott.
1978 Worked on Eric Idle’s ‘The Rutles’ for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
1979/80 London and Los Angeles working on the animated films for the two US live shows of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ concerts.
1980 Returned to New Zealand and set up Cranbrook Films, which is still one of the leading production and facilitation companies in Australia & New Zealand.
1980>2009 Through Cranbrook, Tompkins has directed TV commercials for leading major brands: Apple, Pepsi, Shell, BP, Caltex, Mobil, Ford, Mitsubishi, GM, Land Rover, Telstra, Telecom, Tooheys, Lion Nathan, Kellogg’s, Pfizer and many other successful acclaimed campaigns such as: Tourism New Zealand’s highly respected global campaign "100% Pure New Zealand” and the Australian Government’s Northern Territories Tourism campaign: “You'll never, never know if you never, never go.” His work is also remembered through such groundbreaking work as the three-minute 'Steinlager' campaign with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones and the iconic Speight’s series ‘Good On Ya Mate’ Southern Man campaign.
1990 taking a break from TVC’s directed five episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theatre for Atlantic/HBO.
Tompkins’ television commercials have won awards at almost every major advertising festival in the world, including Cannes, London (LAA) and New York. In addition, Roger has won many Antipodean awards at Axis, Award, Facts, ATV and MADC. His work has appeared - and his reel showcased - on Shots, the leading advertising industry DVD magazine.
2006 Tompkins set up Off The Rails a unique bicycle touring company along the 150 km Otago Central Rail Trail.
Tompkins is still directing, fishing, shooting, cycling and lives in Queenstown New Zealand