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Bruce Beresford is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Australien born on 16 august 1940

Bruce Beresford

Bruce Beresford
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Nationality Australie
Birth 16 august 1940 (80 years)

Bruce Beresford (born 16 August 1940) is an Australian film director who has made more than 30 feature films over a 50-year career.

Best films

Double Jeopardy (1999)
(Director)
Driving Miss Daisy (1990)
(Director)
Tender Mercies (1983)
(Director)

Usually with

Peter James
Peter James
(9 films)
Frank Wilson
Frank Wilson
(4 films)
Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bruce Beresford (37 films)

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Actor

Not Quite Hollywood, 1h43
Genres Comedy, Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Phillip Adams, Christine Amor, Steve Bisley, Glory Annen Clibbery, Jamie Blanks, Graeme Blundell
Rating76% 3.842893.842893.842893.842893.84289
Not Quite Hollywood documents the revival of Australian cinema during the Australian New Wave of the 1970s and '80s through B-movies including Alvin Purple, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Dead-End Drive In, Long Weekend, Mad Max, The Man from Hong Kong, Patrick, Razorback, Road Games, Stork and Turkey Shoot. From 1971 through to the late 1980s, Australian directors began to take advantage of the newly introduced R-rating which allowed more on-screen nudity, sex and violence for audiences restricted to age 18 and over. "Ozploitation"—writer-director Mark Hartley's own portmanteau of "Australian exploitation"—was a subgenre of the New Wave which accounted for the critically panned "gross-out comedies, sex romps, action and road movies, teen films, westerns, thrillers and horror films" of the era, commonly overlooked in Australia's "official film history". The film addresses three main categories of "Ozploitation" films: sex, horror and action.
Don's Party, 1h30
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Genres Comedy
Themes Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Ray Barrett, Candida (Candy) Raymond, Pat Bishop, Graeme Blundell, Jeanie Drynan, John Hargreaves
Roles bottle shop attendant (cameo)
Rating67% 3.3928653.3928653.3928653.3928653.392865
Don Henderson is a schoolteacher living with his wife Kath and baby son in suburban Melbourne. On the night of the 1969 federal election Don invites a small group of friends to celebrate a predicted Australian Labor Party (ALP) election victory, much to the dismay of his wife. To the party come Mal, Don’s university mentor, and his bitter wife Jenny, sex-obsessed Cooley and his latest girlfriend, nineteen-year-old Susan, Evan, a dentist, and his beautiful artist wife Kerry. Somehow, two Liberal supporters, Simon and Jody also come.

Director

Ladies in Black, 1h49
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Ryan Corr, Susie Porter, Shane Jacobson
Rating67% 3.3505953.3505953.3505953.3505953.350595
Sidney, 1959. Une jeune lycéenne, Lisa, est engagée, en attendant de rentrer à l'université, comme employée au deuxième étage du grand magasin de haute couture F.G. Goode's. Elle sympathise aussitôt avec ses autres collègues vendeuses. Parmi elles, Fay, qui se méfie des immigrants ; Patty, une épouse délaissée par son mari et Magda, une immigrée de Slovénie devenue cheffe de rayon. Leur routine ennuyeuse est bouleversée par une soirée de Nouvel An chez Magda où elle présente deux beaux Hongrois à Fay et Lisa, qui tombent amoureuses d'eux. Quant à Patty, elle retrouve la passion auprès de son époux et tombe enceinte de lui. Au contact de ces femmes, à la recherche de l'amour ou de l'homme parfait, Lisa ouvre les yeux sur un nouveau monde où elle grandira et deviendra adulte. Mais, désirant réaliser son rêve, elle le quittera pour chercher sa propre voie dans les arts pour devenir actrice, poète ou romancière voire les trois à la fois.
Mr. Church
Mr. Church (2016)

Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen
Rating75% 3.7976853.7976853.7976853.7976853.797685
The story of a unique friendship that develops when a dying woman hires a cook to help care for her 11-year-old daughter, Charlie. What begins as an arrangement that should only last six months, instead spans fifteen years.
Mr. Church
Mr. Church (2016)
, 1h44
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Cooking films
Actors Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen
Rating75% 3.7976853.7976853.7976853.7976853.797685
Dans les années 1970, Henry Church est cuisinier à domicile. Il va se retrouver pendant six mois au chevet d'une jeune femme et de sa mère, atteinte d'un cancer.
Bonnie & Clyde (2013 miniseries), 4h
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Documentary, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, Dale Dickey, William Hurt, Sarah Hyland, Holly Hunter
Rating65% 3.250863.250863.250863.250863.25086
The two-part TV movie is based on the true story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Barrow, a charismatic convicted armed robber, sweeps Parker – a young and impressionable, petite, small-town waitress, who is already married – off her feet. In the early 1930s, the two embark on one of the most infamous crime sprees in American history.
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, 1h32
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Elizabeth Olsen, Chace Crawford, Nat Wolff
Rating59% 2.950362.950362.950362.950362.95036
When her husband tells her he wants a divorce, devastated Manhattan lawyer Diane heads upstate with her two teens to Woodstock to stay with her estranged hippie mother. In this charming village, Diane and her city kids get a new perspective on life: poetry-reading daughter Zoe becomes interested in a sensitive young butcher Cole, nerdy son Jake finds material for his first film project, and Diane herself grows close to a handsome carpenter/singer Jude. Most importantly, Diane finally gets the chance to end the ancient war with the mother she has not seen for decades.
Mao's Last Dancer, 1h57
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Dance films
Actors Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Amanda Schull, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Jack Thompson
Rating72% 3.6468753.6468753.6468753.6468753.646875
In the era of Mao's Cultural Revolution, 11-year-old Chinese boy Li Cunxin resides in a rural village commune in Shandong Province, destined to labour in the fields. As often occurred in those times, government officials fanning out across the nation seeking young candidates for centralized training arrive at this school. At first bypassed but selected after a plea by his teacher during the school visit, Li seems bewildered although piqued by the gruff preliminary inspection screening at the provincial capital city of Qingdao. Forwarded to a Beijing audition for a place in Madame Mao's Dance Academy, he is admitted for ballet training based on a series of physique and flexibility examinations.
The Contract, 1h37
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors John Cusack, Morgan Freeman, Alice Krige, Megan Dodds, Bill Smitrovich, Corey Johnson
Rating56% 2.8009652.8009652.8009652.8009652.800965
Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman) is a professional assassin who has been hired to kill a reclusive billionaire named Lydell Hammond, Sr., a vocal opponent of stem cell research. Carden's plan goes awry when he gets injured in a car accident and ends up in the hospital. When hospital staff see his gun, they call the police. They are able to peel away his false identity and federal marshals are called in to pick him up.
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, 1h52
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent, Matt Day, Michael McKean
Rating65% 3.2517753.2517753.2517753.2517753.251775
Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) finds himself without adequate funding to finance his war against the military-run government. He also finds himself at odds with the Americans because of the Hearst media empire's press campaign against him. To counter both of these threats, he sends emissaries to movie producers to convince them to pay to film his progress and the actual battles. Producer D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) is immediately interested and convinces Mutual Film Studios boss Harry E. Aitkin to send a film crew. Aitkin's nephew Frank Thayer is initially a mere errand boy for the studio, but he makes a good impression with Villa, who demands that Thayer be placed in charge of the project. Thayer and a camera crew team film Villa leading his men to victory in battle. Despite the failure of this initial footage (which draws derisive laughter from potential backers) Thayer convinces Aitkin to invest even more money in a second attempt, and also convinces Villa to participate in making a more narrative film.
Evelyn
Evelyn (2002)
, 1h33
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Genres Drama
Actors Sophie Vavasseur, Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Alan Bates, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn
Rating69% 3.496123.496123.496123.496123.49612
Nine-year-old Evelyn Doyle's (Sophie Vavasseur) mother has abandoned the family, leaving her out-of-work father Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) to bring up Evelyn and her two brothers, Maurice (Hugh MacDonagh) and Dermot (Niall Beagan) on his own. Matters are only made worse when Desmond's mother-in-law (Claire Mullan) reports the abandonment of the children to the authorities. Irish law prohibits children from being brought up in a "broken home", and therefore places these children in Church-run orphanages. Desmond also drinks excessively. Although it is shown that the boy's orphanage is very strict, details are examined in Evelyn's orphanage. She is dropped off by her grandfather (Frank Kelly), who, in attempts to comfort the clearly nervous Evelyn, explains to her that rays of light created by the sun shining in a specific spot through the clouds are called "angel rays," and mean that a guardian angel is watching over her. Evelyn, although momentarily comforted, is brought away by the nuns. She is introduced to a dining hall of girls much like herself. It is revealed that many of them have been in the orphanage for many years due to Irish law. While the children are adjusting to the harsh treatments of Catholic orphanages, Desmond has not been doing well. Desmond, finding no hope in the retrieval of his children and unable to afford a lawyer, has gotten very drunk and tried to punch the innocent Father O'Malley. The father instead punches Desmond. Desmond is helped by the local part-time bartender and chemist, Bernadette (Julianna Margulies). Bernadette tells Desmond to go to her brother's office, who happens to be solicitor (a type of lawyer, although he cannot speak in cases such as these) for help. The solicitor, Michael (Stephen Rea), makes it very clear to Desmond though, that he cannot help him until he gets his act together. This means bringing in a regular income and setting a good example for his children. Desmond does get a painting job and spends nights singing for tips with his father in the pub where Bernadette works. Unfortunately at this time, Evelyn had been having problems with Sister Bridget who beat her after she questioned her authority. Evelyn objected to Sister Bridget (Andrea Irvine) beating her friend who forgot Bible scripture, although the Bible scripture stated that "God is merciful," therefore meaning that He wouldn't want Sister Bridget to beat the children for forgetting scripture. Enraged, Desmond goes to find Evelyn after reading this in a letter that she wrote to him. On his way, he finds Sister Bridget and shakes her while threatening her to never touch his daughter again or he will "tear her limb from limb." This leads to a series of drunken rampages which leads to Bernadette refusing to continue her romantic encounter with Desmond on the grounds that he needs to, essentially, shape up. During this time, Desmond also loses his father when he has a heart attack. Desmond does shape up though, including quitting drinking. Unfortunately, their (now the lawyer and speaker, American Nick Barron (Aidan Quinn), and his old mentor and consultant, injured rugby player and rebel lawyer Thomas Connolly (Alan Bates) plea is rejected by the courts leading Desmond and his children heartbroken and separated. But, that night (the same night Desmond quits drinking) a gambler rigs Desmond to win copious amounts of money to pay for his legal bills. With nowhere to go though, the case seems hopeless until Connolly comes up with the idea of bringing an entirely new issue to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the lack of Desmond's custody with his children goes against the Irish Constitution itself. No one has ever successfully made a statement like this and won. Through publicity, Desmond gets a court hearing where they successfully make their case and Desmond makes a compelling speech to the court. The next day, Evelyn is brought to the stand and told that she was lying about Sister Bridget beating her after Sister Bridget exaggerates her run-in with Desmond and tells a false story about Evelyn's black and blue face. Evelyn, although momentarily confused by this change in events, is comforted by "angel rays," she believes are from her grandfather. Evelyn denies this statement and makes rather hilarious comebacks, unknowingly, to the defense and Sister Bridget. She then finishes it off with a beautiful repeat of her prayer asking to forgive Sister Bridget and insure the prospering of Ireland and its people. Moved, two out of the three judges side with Desmond who not only gets his children back, but finally falls in love with Bernadette. They are shown on Christmas day, celebrating as a family. It is then shown that due to these efforts, many children all across Ireland were reunited with their families due to amends in the Irish Children's Act.
Bride of the Wind, 1h39
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Peinture, Films about sexuality, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Sarah Winter, Jonathan Pryce, Vincent Pérez, Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hübsch, Johannes Silberschneider
Rating57% 2.8540352.8540352.8540352.8540352.854035
Alma, la fiancée du vent est un film austro-germano-britannique réalisé par Bruce Beresford, sorti en 2001. Le titre du film fait directement référence à La Fiancée du vent, toile du peintre et écrivain autrichien Oskar Kokoschka, peinte au cours de sa liaison avec la jeune femme.
Double Jeopardy, 1h45
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, Women in prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Annabeth Gish, Roma Maffia, Jay Brazeau
Rating64% 3.2494353.2494353.2494353.2494353.249435
Nick Parsons (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Elizabeth (Ashley Judd), known as Libby, wealthy residents of Whidbey Island, Washington, borrow a friend's yacht and set off sailing for the weekend. After a session of love making, Libby falls asleep. She wakes to find her husband missing and blood all over her hands, clothes, legs, and the boat's floors. A Coast Guard vessel appears and Libby is spotted holding a bloody knife she found lying on the deck. She is arrested, humiliated in the media, tried, and convicted of her husband's murder.
Sydney: A Story of a City, 45minutes
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Genres Drama
Actors Lucy Bell, Paul Mercurio
Rating52% 2.6091952.6091952.6091952.6091952.609195
'Virginia" (Lucy Bell), a young and adventurous woman, travels from England to Sydney, Australia, in search of her Australian ancestors. Her grandfather "William Robertson" had travelled from Sydney to England in the 1930s, falling in love with an English girl and marrying her. He joined the RAAF at the onset of World War II, only to be killed in an air battle over France. Virginia carries with her some documents of her grandfather's to try to find out what his life was like in Australia all those years ago. She meets her Great Aunt "Clara" who, while happy to tell her of the city's origins, does not expand on the history of William Robertson. Virginia intensifies her efforts to find the truth and comes across a reference to a Robertson who lived at Cumberland Street in The Rocks area of the city.
Paradise Road, 1h54
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Prison films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, Political films, Women in prison films
Actors Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Johanna ter Steege, Julianna Margulies, Cate Blanchett
Rating67% 3.3981853.3981853.3981853.3981853.398185
Après l'invasion de Singapour par l'armée impériale japonaise en 1942, des Anglaises, des Australiennes, des Chinoises et des Néerlandaises sont incarcérées dans des camps avec leurs enfants et certaines d'entre elles sont enrôlées comme femmes de réconfort. Bien qu'elles viennent toutes d'horizons différents, un groupe de prisonnières décide d'organiser un orchestre de chant pour tromper le désespoir et faire face aux exactions de leurs ravisseurs.