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Bruce Beresford

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Adventures of Barry McKenzie, TheAdventures of Barry McKenzie, The (1972)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Barry Humphries, Barry Crocker, Spike Milligan
Ground–breaking Australian comedy from the pens of Barry Humphries and dir. Beresford, that exports Fosters–swigging Barry Crocker into…
Barry McKenzie Holds His OwnBarry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Barry Humphries, Barry Crocker, Clive James
Lesser follow–up to ADVENTURES OF BARRY MCKENZIE, where Dame Edna is spirited off to Transylvania by vampiric kidnappers. Nephew Crocker and…
Don's PartyDon's Party (1976) Aro Favourite
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Ray Barrett, John Hargreaves, Graeme Blundell
Tawdry sets and outfits compliment the crass attitudes of suburban Sydneyites who gather to celebrate an incoming Labour government on election night…
Money Movers (1978) Recommended
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Terence Donovan, Bryan Brown
Violent thriller has a group of security–guards arranging an inside–job, while the police and criminal–world circle like vultures…
Getting of Wisdom, TheGetting of Wisdom, The (1978)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Julia Blake, Dorothy Bradley, Kay Eklund
An immaculate rendition of Henry Richardson's classic Australian novel set at a Melbourne girls' school in the Victorian era, where a rural newcomer…
Breaker MorantBreaker Morant (1979) Aro Favourite
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown
An unjust court–martial in the Boer War provides much tension in one of the great Oz dramas.
Club, TheClub, The (1980)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Frank Wilson
Doing for Australian Rules football what DON'S PARTY did for Australian politics, this examines in brawling, bawdy detail the behind–scenes…
Puberty BluesPuberty Blues (1981)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Nell Schofield, Jad Capelja
Affecting teenage odyssey with Nell Schofield and Jad Capelja as surfing–groupies, learning to fit into a sex’n’drugs beach–scene.
Tender MerciesTender Mercies (1982)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall gives an Oscar winning performance as a down–out–his–luck country singer who paves the slow road back to sobriety.…
Crimes of the HeartCrimes of the Heart (1986)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek
Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek play the Magrath sisters, who reunite in their family home in Mississippi to regroup and settle their…
Fringe Dwellers, TheFringe Dwellers, The (1986)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Donald McAlpine, Ernie Dingo
Quietly dramatic race drama, has an Aboriginal woman move into the mainstream white suburbs with her mother, but finds her extended family have…
Driving Miss DaisyDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd
Oscar–winning adaptation of Albert Uhry's stage play charting the 25–year relationship between a crotchety Southern woman and her black…
Her AlibiHer Alibi (1989)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, William (actor) Daniels
Clunky rom–com about a novelist who falls in love with a beautiful murder suspect that lazily rests on the charms of its moustachioed leading…
Mister JohnsonMister Johnson (1990)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward
Handsome drama set in '20s Africa about a native clerk who tries to ingratiate himself into the ruling white colonialist society.
Black RobeBlack Robe (1991) Recommended
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young
A Jesuit priest attempts to convert Shamanist Indians in the Canadian wilderness of 1643. A heady mix of explicit savagery and incomparable beauty.
Rich in Love (1993)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Albert Finney, Jill Clayburgh, Kyle MacLachlan
A knock–out cast bring to life the comic and tragic of a splintered yet tightly knit South Carolinan family.
Silent Fall (1994)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Richard Dreyfuss
An autistic child is the only witness to a brutal murder. The job of bringing him out of his shell falls to discredited child psychologist Richard…
Last DanceLast Dance (1996)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid
In some kind of bid for dramatic range, Sharon Stone tackles the important issues – as a woman on death row – but no amount of Clairol…
Paradise RoadParadise Road (1997)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Glenn Close, Frances McDormand
A group of European woman, incl. Glenn Close and Frances McDormand, are captured in Singapore during WWII by the Japanese. They alleviate the…
Double JeopardyDouble Jeopardy (1999) Recommended
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones
Entertaining revenge–potboiler that sets a ruthless pace with Ashley Judd, framed for her husband's murder, pursuing the true villains with the…
EvelynEvelyn (2002)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Margulies, Stephen Rea
A labour–of–love for Irishman Pierce Brosnan as actor and producer, this is a heartfelt family drama about a working class father who…
And Starring Pancho Villa as HimselfAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Antonio Banderas, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent
Zooming–in on an intriguing corner of 20th century history, this tells the unlikely (but true) story of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa's…
Contract, TheContract, The (2006)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. John Cusack, Morgan Freeman
An elusive contract killer is apprehended by a camping father and son, giving way to a remote wilderness thriller of cat and mouse. Though…
Mao's Last DancerMao's Last Dancer (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan
Enthralling true–life story traces the life of acclaimed ballet dancer Li Cunxin from his impoverished upbringing in communist China to the…
Peace, Love & MisunderstandingPeace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen
Light comedy about an uptight NYC lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.
Bonnie and Clyde (TV Mini-Series)Bonnie and Clyde (TV Mini-Series) (2013)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, Sarah Hyland
The legend of depression era outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker is given the full treatment in this evocative History Channel drama.
Roots (TV Mini-Series)Roots (TV Mini-Series) (2016)
Dir. Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter
Feat. Laurence Fishburne, Matthew Goode, Derek Luke
A powerful new adaptation of Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. This tragic story of resilience is told in four parts covering four…
Ladies in BlackLadies in Black (2018)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond
Set in Sydney in 1959, this charming adaptation of the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John follows the lives of a group of young employees at the…

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