ROD HARDY is a widely accomplished and talented director who has forged his keen instincts and his trademark visual sense of story through extensive experience. His collaborative efforts are but a gleaning of his problem-solving techniques. A true “actors’ director” Hardy is respected for his unique ability to coax the very best performances from his actors.
Having honed his directing and producing skills in Australia, Hardy moved to Los Angeles in 1992 to launch his American career. His first assignment was to direct “Lies and Lullabies”, the traumatic life story of pregnant cocaine addicts, starring Susan Dey and Piper Laurie. The movie was awarded the Scott Newman Award (founded by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, in memory of their son). The prestigious award is presented annually to the production that best illustrates the degradation of and triumph over drug addiction.
Since his award-winning U.S. directorial debut, Hardy has garnered both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for movies of the week and mini-series. M.O.W.’s range from “Grounds for Murder” for CBS, starring John Ritter and Henry Winkler in memorable dramatic roles, to the re-creation of the classic Marjorie Rawlins’ novel, “The Yearling”, for CBS, that featured notable performances by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Peter Strauss and Jean Smart.
Hardy’s directorial range runs the gamut of contemporary drama and science fiction to portraits of important historic moments, to the re-telling of such adventure classics as “Robinson Crusoe” with Pierce Brosnan, and Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with Michael Caine and Patrick Dempsey.
Hardy also directed the successful Turner Network Television (TNT) adventure-drama, “Two For Texas”, starring Kris Kristofferson, Tom Skerritt, and Scott Bairstow, garnering the prestigious Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Award. He teamed up for a second time with Tom Skerritt , this time on the critically-acclaimed cable movie remake of “High Noon” for the Superstation TBS.
After completing “X-Files, Series 8”, and directing “JAG, Series 7” for Belisarius Productions/CBS, Hardy went on to direct episodes of “Robbery, Homicide Division” for Producer Michael Mann, “The Practice” for David E. Kelley Productions, “Touching Evil” for producers Bruce Willis/Arnold Rifkin, starring Jeffrey Donovan and Bradley Cooper and “Battlestar Galactica” for the Sci-Fi channel.
Also included in Hardy’s repertoire, “The Mentalist” starring Simon Baker, “Dollhouse” for producer Joss Whedon and FOX, “Covert Affairs” with Piper Perabo, “Burn Notice” with Jeffrey Donovan, and “Make It Or Break It” for The Family Channel, “Mental” for FOX, shot in Bogota, Colombia, and “Persons Unknown”, NBC, shot in Mexico City.
Most recently, Hardy directed “The Librarians” with Noah Wylie for TNT, and “Powers” with Sharlto Copley for Sony PlayStation.
Hardy’s theatrical feature “December Boys” was winner of the Giffoni Film Festival Award, 2008. Released by Roadshow/Warner Bros, it starred Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame and Teresa Palmer.
Currently, Hardy is in development for “Dark Frontier”, a thrilling historical adventure series in the style of “Roots”, “Game of Thrones” and “Photos in the Attic”, a feature film love story with a war backdrop, in the mode of “The English Patient”, “Atonement” and “Casablanca”, to be shot in both Australia and France.
Hardy is also developing “It’s All Greek To Me”, a romantic comedy set in Greece, and “Burn”, an edgy feature set in the world of urban dance competitions.