Bruce Beresford

Highest Rated: 100% 'Breaker' Morant (1980)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Contract (2006)
Birthday: Aug 16, 1940
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales
One of Australia's most popular and well-known directors, Bruce Beresford got his start producing short documentaries as the head of the British Film Institute Production Board from 1966 to 1970. After returning to Australia in 1971, he directed his first features, the rowdy Barry Crocker and Barry Humphries comedies The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie and Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, which he also co-scripted. Both films found great commercial success in Beresford's native country and helped to establish their director's reputation.Beresford began attracting international attention in the late 1970s and early '80s with the satire Don's Party, the period drama The Getting of Wisdom, and Breaker Morant, a bitter account of the Boer War. The latter film, which was screened in competition at the 1980 Cannes Festival, won a particular amount of acclaim and a number of honors, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film. In 1983, Beresford began making films in the States with the admired drama of a country singer, Tender Mercies; following that success (he won a Best Director Academy Award nomination for his work), his track record proved decidedly erratic, from the silliness of King David (1985), to his well-received adaptation of Beth Henley's tragi-comedy Crimes of the Heart (1986) to the critically acclaimed popular drama Driving Miss Daisy. In 1991, Beresford's The Black Robe, a drama revolving around one of the more tumultuous periods in Canadian history, scored him another critical victory. As with his work during the previous decade, however, Beresford's subsequent efforts were erratic: while Mister Johnson (1991) and Silent Fall (1994), met with some favorable--if limited--recognition, films like A Good Man in Africa (1994) and the Sharon Stone death row drama Last Dance (1996), proved to be failures. He bounced back in 1997 with Paradise Road, a World War II drama starring Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, and Frances McDormand, and in 1999 he directed Double Jeopardy, a thriller starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
86% Ladies in Black Director 2018
67% Flint Director 2017
24% Mr. Church Director $0.7M 2016
30% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding Director $0.6M 2012
55% Mao's Last Dancer Director $4.9M 2010
No Score Yet Into the Shadows Actor 2009
0% The Contract Director 2006
No Score Yet And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Director 2003
64% Evelyn Director $1.4M 2002
11% Bride of the Wind Director 2001
No Score Yet Sydney: A Story of a City Director 2001
26% Double Jeopardy Director 1999
48% Paradise Road Screenwriter Director 1997
32% Last Dance Director 1996
22% Silent Fall Director 1994
10% A Good Man in Africa Producer Director 1994
No Score Yet Curse of the Starving Class Screenwriter Producer Executive Producer 1994
67% Rich in Love Director 1993
92% Black Robe Director 1991
82% Mister Johnson Screenwriter Director 1991
82% Driving Miss Daisy Director 1989
14% Her Alibi Director 1989
50% Aria Director Screenwriter 1988
81% Crimes of the Heart Director 1986
No Score Yet The Fringe Dwellers Director Screenwriter 1986
8% King David Director 1985
86% Tender Mercies Director 1983
No Score Yet Don's Party Director 1982
No Score Yet Puberty Blues Director 1981
No Score Yet The Club Director 1980
100% 'Breaker' Morant Director Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Money Movers Director 1978
No Score Yet Getting of Wisdom Director 1977
No Score Yet Side by Side Director 1975
No Score Yet Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Screenwriter Director 1974
No Score Yet The Adventures of Barry McKenzie Director Screenwriter 1972

TV

CREDIT
96% Roots
2016
Director
  • 2016

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