Award winning director specialising in making highly visual observational, factual and current affairs documentaries.

Roeland became a documentary filmmaker because he wants to shine a light on the challenges faced by people and societies, whether in Britain or across the world. He is passionate about telling real stories with beautiful and powerful images. Recent films have dealt with religious attitudes towards homosexuality, political corruption in Nicaragua, an unfolding mafia trial in Sicily, cousin marriages, online misogyny and the War on Drugs.

Whether it’s observational documentaries, presenter-fronted reportages, formatted factual series or contributor-led journey’s, Roeland has worked on all types of films. He has a track record of nurturing new talent, as well as working with some of best-known faces on television, such as Reggie Yates, Sahar Zand, Jamie Oliver, Davina McCall and Stacey Dooley.

He has extensive overseas filming experience, including visiting some of the world’s most remote and hostile environments in Asia, Africa and the Americas; whether it’s spending 2 months in a jungle village in the Republic of Congo or going undercover in Nicaragua during a police clampdown.

As a director his natural curiosity is coupled with strong editorial rigour and a distinctive visual style. As a producer he has a track record in gaining access to people and institutions, and getting his own ideas successfully commissioned. And as a cameraman he self-shoots on 4K and HD, always finding ways to let the images do the talking and allow actuality to unfold on camera.

His films have been shown on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, FIVE, NETFLIX, AMAZON, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS and Smithsonian, and have been awarded and nominated for numerous awards.

Below is a list of selected film credits or download his latest CV here.

What the Press have said:

A bravely questioning film… tackling race, religion and sexuality with sensitivity.” The Times on Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK: Gay and under Attack, BBC

Beautiful, moving and entertaining.” The Sun on The Last Pygmies, Channel 4

This gem of a documentary… The result is an emotional and eye-opening journey which grapples with faith in an entertaining and moving way.” The Observer on My Big Gay Jewish Conversion, BBC

A thoughtful film that’s both culturally revealing and deeply felt.” The Telegraph on Should I Marry My Cousin? BBC3

It’s extraordinary and it’s all on camera.” The Guardian on Born in the Wild, Channel 4


Selected Documentary Credits

Channel 4 – Unreported World: Censored
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (60′)
Sahar Zand goes undercover and reports from Nicaragua on President Daniel Ortega’s vicious campaign against the press, and the brave journalists who refuse to be silenced. Quicksilver Media / SE Sue Turton / EP Eamonn Matthews / CE Siobhan Sinnerton / TX 2019. Watch it here.

Tense. The Independent

Shocking. The Observer

Channel 4 – The Last Pygmies
Directed & Filmed (1x 60′)
First episode of new 3 part anthropology series uncovering the daily lives of the Mbendjele tribe in the Congo – revealing the highs and lows of life in a remote jungle village. Renegade Pictures / EP Harry Lansdown / CE Alf Lawrie / TX 2019. Watch it here.

Beautiful, moving and entertaining. The Sun

Channel 4 – Jamie Oliver: The Naked Chef Bares All
(Edit) Produced & Directed (60′)
Filmed during the toughest time of his career, Davina McCall reveals the truth behind the closure of his restaurant chain and looks back at where it all started (inc interviews with Tony Blair, Paul Smith, Sadiq Khan, Mark Thompson & Chris Moyles). JO Productions / EP Nicola Pointer / CE Tim Hannock / TX 2018. Watch it here.

Pick of the Day inc. The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Mirror, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph

Netflix – Dope
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (1x 45′)
New series for Netflix following the war on drugs in 8 major cities across America. This episode looks at the growing opioid addiction in Atlanta, Georgia and the escalating violence between rival gangs. Wall To Wall / EP Chris Lent / CE Nat Grouille / TX 2018. Watch it here.

BBC1 & 3 – Should I Marry My Cousin?
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (40′)
18 year old Bradford-born Hiba faces a moral dilemma: Should she follow in the footsteps of her family and marry one of her cousins, or go her own independent way. Sugar Films / EP Narinder Minhas / CE Gian Qualigini/ TX 2017. Watch it here.

Nominated for Best TV Documentary at Prix Europa 2018  

A thoughtful film that’s both culturally revealing and deeply felt. The Telegraph 

Far from stirring up controversy, this film handles Hiba’s thought process in a sensitive way. The Independent

BBC1 & 3 – My Big Gay Jewish Conversion
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (45′)
Simon Atkins is a gay Catholic man who feels more accepted in the faith of his Jewish boyfriend than his own religion. Is Judaism a better doctrine for gay men of faith? Simon travels to Israel to find out. 40 Partners / EP Wendy Robbins & Geoff Goodwin / CE Gian Qualigini / TX 2017. Watch it here.

This gem of a documentary… The result is an emotional and eye-opening journey which grapples with faith in an entertaining and moving way.The Observer

“A smart and sobering documentary.” The Telegraph

BBC1 – Stacey Dooley: Touchdown USA
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (60′)
Stacey Dooley travels to New Orleans to witness a city struggling with rampant crime and poverty, and where hope comes from an unlikely source. Sundog Pictures & NFL / EP Johnny Webb & Dov Freedman / TX 2017. Watch it here.

ITV1 – Parking Wars
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (1x 60′)
Julie Walters narrates this character-led ob doc exploring the on-going war between motorists and parking enforcers, using the prism of parking to take both a humorous and serious look at Britain today. Century Films / SP Juliette Murray-Topham / EP Liesel Evans / CE Jo Clinton-Davis / TX 2016. Watch it here.

Pick of the Day inc. The Daily Telegraph

BBC1 & 3 – Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK: Gay and Under Attack
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (1x 60′)
In episode one of his series, Reggie Yates discovers that for young black and Asian gay men, their harshest critics – and persecutors – often come from their own communities, even their own families. Sundog Pictures / EP Sam Anthony / CE Jamie Balment / TX 2016. Watch it here.

A bravely questioning film… tackling race, religion and sexuality with sensitivity.” The Times

BBC1 & 3 – Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK: Men at War
Directed & Filmed (1x 60′)
In episode two Reggie meets the angry young British men who think feminism has gone too far and the women who have felt their wrath, on an internet tailor-made for trolling. Sundog Pictures / EP Sam Anthony / CE Jamie Balment / TX 2016. Watch it here.

In this censorious age, where controversial figures are often shut down or banned from debates, Yates has managed to truly challenge reprehensible views. The Independent

Nat Geo – Drugs Inc. Heroin Island, NY
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (1x 60′)
Heroin use among teenagers in New York City is rising fast. This film reveals in shocking detail how dealers brand and sell their product to this emerging market, using techniques straight from the advertising agencies on Madison Avenue. Wall to Wall / SP Peter Day / EP Chris Lent / TX 2015. Watch it here.

Nat Geo – Drugs Inc. Shooting up Suburbia
(Edit) Produced (1x 60′)
Vancouver might have been voted one of the best places to live in the World but behind the facade lurks a violent turf war for control of the local cocaine trade, that threatens to make downtown a no-go area. TX 2015. (Wall to Wall / SP Peter Day / EP Chris Lent)

Channel 4Car Crash Detectives
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (30′)
One off film following the work of the MET Police Road Death Investigation Unit who investigate all fatal collisions in London and decide whether to bring those responsible to justice. Windfall Films / EP Ian Duncan / CE David Glover. Watch it here.

Nat Geo – Underworld Inc. Illegal Gambling
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (1 x60′)
This film explores the murky world of illegal gambling told through the eyes of those running this $500 billion underworld economy; featuring sport bookies, card hustlers, street racers and dog fighters. Recommissioned for 2nd series. Wall to Wall / SP Peter Day / EP Chris Lent / TX 2014. Watch it here.

Channel 4 – Born in the Wild
(Edit) Produced & Directed (2 x60’)
In episode one of a new 4-parter, Mark Evans and Dr Joy Reidenberg uncover the weird and wonderful world of elephant reproduction. Using fixed rig infra-red cameras they witness the rare & remarkable birth of a baby elephant in Botswana. And in episode two, they reveal a kangaroo foetus’ perilous journey into its mother’s pouch in Australia. Windfall Films / EP Jamie Lochhead / CE Sara Ramsden / TX 2014. Watch it here.

It’s extraordinary and it’s all on camera. The Guardian

Channel 4’s fascinating new 4-part series.” The Observer

Nat Geo – Planet XXL
Directed & Filmed (60′)
Single ob doc examining the spread of obesity around the world. Directed US segment following the daily struggles of recovering meth addict Atila whose new addiction to food has seen his weight balloon to 500lb, impacting his life in unimaginable ways. Dragonfly Film & TV / EP Edwina Silver / TX 2013. Watch it here.

Nat Geo – Parick Stewart’s Animal Superpowers
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (60′)
Sir Patrick Stewart unearths the secrets behind amazing animal traits, inc. camouflage in octopus, high voltage strikes in electric eels and regeneration in salamanders. Windfall Films / SP Carlo Massarella / EP David Dugan / TX 2012. Watch it here.

Winner Silver Medal Best ‘Nature & Wildlife’ at New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2013

FIVE/Nat Geo – Giant Animal Moves
(Edit) Produced, Directed & Filmed (3 x60’)
In Zambia where the black rhino was poached to extinction in the 1990s, Brit Ed Sayer tries to reintroduce the once omnipresent rhino back into the heart of Africa. Windfall Films / SP Carlo Massarella / EP David Dugan / TX 2011. Watch it here.

Pick of the day inc. Daily Express

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