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Bruce Beresford

Highest Rated:   100% 'Breaker' Morant (1980)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Contract (2006)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
15% Mr. Church
  • Director
$0.7M 2016
28% 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
25% Double Jeopardy
  • Director
1999
48% Paradise Road
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
29% Last Dance
  • Director
1996
24% Silent Fall
  • Director
1994
11% A Good Man in Africa
  • Director
  • Producer
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
15% 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
85% 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1974
No Score Yet The Adventures of Barry McKenzie
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% Roots
2016
  • Director
  • 2016

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