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Harley Cokeliss
Harley Cokliss

(1945-02-11) February 11, 1945 (age 77)
Alma materLondon Film School
OccupationFilm and television director, producer, screenwriter, actor
AwardsOulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival Starboy Award

Harley Cokeliss (born Harley Louis Cokliss, February 11, 1945) is an American director, writer and producer of film and television.[1][2]

Early Life

Originally brought up in Chicago, he moved to Britain in 1966 to study at the London Film School, and spent the majority of his career in the UK.[3]


Cokeliss started making documentaries for British television in 1970, including the first filmed version of J. G. Ballard's story Crash!.[4] Papers relating to the film Crash! are available at the British Library (Add MS 89171/1).[5] Cokeliss's initial treatment and Ballard's draft script for Crash! are published in Crash: The Collector's Edition, ed. Chris Beckett.[6] Cokeliss later graduated to making feature films, serving as second unit director on The Empire Strikes Back before helming films like Battletruck, Black Moon Rising, and Malone. He wrote and directed the 1988 horror film Dream Demon.[7] He has directed episodes of various television series, including The New Adventures of Robin Hood, CI5: The New Professionals, and Xena: Warrior Princess.





  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ Film, British Council. "British Council Film: Harley Cokeliss". Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Harley Cokliss". BFI. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Baxter, John, Chapter 34, "The Nasty", The Inner Man: The Life of J.G. Ballard, Hachette, 2011.
  5. ^ Harley Cokeliss: Papers relating to his film about J.G. Ballard, archives and manuscripts catalogue, the British Library. Retrieved 21 May 2020
  6. ^ Beckett, Chris (2017). Crash: The Collector's Edition. HarperCollins.
  7. ^ Chibnall, Steve; Petley, Julian (2002). British Horror Cinema. Routledge. p. 6.

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