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Bruce Beresford

Stage director

  • Bruce Beresford's Australian premiere of Die tote Stadt...marks another stunning collaboration with Opera Australia.
    Helen Machalias, Australian Stage
  • Bruce Beresford's production (A Streetcar named Desire)...flavours the setting with a nod to a classic age of American drama while maintaining brutal immediacy.
    Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Bruce Beresford brought astute cinematic sensitivity to the work's key climaxes and emotional touch-points, appropriately given Korngold's pivotal place in cinema history.
    The Sydney Morning Herald
  • In few productions (Of Mice and Men, Opera Australia) do the parts come together so satisfyingly, creating a dramatic, cogent and compelling whole.
    Barney Zwartz, The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Eminent Australian film director, Bruce Beresford has directed over 25 feature films, best known of which is Driving Miss Daisy, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989. Other notable films are Don’s Party (1977), Breaker Morant (1979), Tender Mercies (1981), Black Robe (1992), Crimes of the Heart (1995), The Fringe Dwellers (1996), Double Jeopardy (1999).  His most recent film is Peace, Love and Misunderstanding (2011) with Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Chace Crawford and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Bruce is currently working on Bonnie and Clyde the mini-series for America’s CBS network.

    A prolific writer, Bruce wrote the screenplays for Money Movers (1977), Breaker Morant (1979), The Fringe Dwellers (1986) and Paradise Road (1995 – an original script). He won Academy Award nominations for the script of Breaker Morant and for the direction of Tender Mercies.  Proficient in the theatre, Bruce recently directed Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson at the Melbourne Theatre Company.

    Bruce Beresford won his degree from Sydney University in 1962.  He became Head of Production for the British Film Institute Production Board, a position he held from 1966-71, as well as film advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain.

    Highly experienced as a stage director, Bruce has directed productions of opera in Italy, USA and his home company Opera Australia, for whom he directed A Streetcar Named Desire, Of Mice and Men, and most recently, Die Tote Stadt, all of which were Australian premieres. Other credits include the Australian premiere of Elektra for State Opera of South Australia, Rigoletto at Los Angeles Opera and San Diego Opera, The Crucible at Washington National Opera, Cold Sassy Tree at Houston Grand Opera, Sweeney Todd at Portland Opera, and La Fanciulla del West at Spoleto Festival.  Conducting partners include Patrick Summers, Andrea Molino, Jim Coleman, Tom Woods, Richard Hickox, Sir Richard Armstrong and Christian Badea.

    Mr Beresford has written an entertaining and indiscreet book about his film experiences, Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants to do This, published by Harper Collins.

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