Robin Hardy (film director)

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Robin Hardy
Robin St. Clair Rimington Hardy[1]

(1929-10-02)2 October 1929
Died1 July 2016(2016-07-01) (aged 86)
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Occupation(s)Film director, writer

Robin St. Clair Rimington Hardy (2 October 1929 – 1 July 2016)[2] was an English author and film director. His most famous directorial work is The Wicker Man,[3] and his last project was a film adaptation of his novel Cowboys for Christ, which was retitled The Wicker Tree.[3]


He was born in Wimbledon, London,[1] England and studied art in Paris. He worked in the U.S., where he made television dramas. He was a partner in a film company with Anthony Shaffer for 13 years. He returned to London where he made television commercials. Later he wrote historical novels and was involved in creating historical theme parks in the U.S.[4][5] In addition to Cowboys for Christ, Hardy published a novelization of The Wicker Man, as well as the novel The Education of Don Juan.

Hardy died in Reading on 1 July 2016; he was survived by his fifth wife, Victoria Webster (married 2000), and eight children.[1]

Hardy had expressed interest in producing a finale to his loose Wicker Man trilogy titled The Wrath of the Gods. A crowdfunding campaign was set-up in 2015 to raise funds for the film's production,[6] but ultimately fell short of its US$210,000 target.[7]



  1. ^ a b c Gilbey, Ryan (4 July 2016). "Robin Hardy obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Robin Hardy dies". BBC. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Wixson, Heather (23 April 2012). "Exclusive Interview: Writer/Director Robin Hardy on The Wicker Tree, Completing his Trilogy and More". Dread Central. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  4. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Hardy, Robin (1929-) Biography". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  5. ^ Weinkauf, Gregory (30 October 2013). "Discussing The Wicker Man: Final Cut With Director Robin Hardy". Huff Post. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Robin Hardy Starts Crowdfunding For The Wrath Of The Gods". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  7. ^ "The Wrath of the Gods". Retrieved 9 December 2017.

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