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Bruce Beresford (born 16 August 1940) is an Australian film director, writer, and producer of such films as Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy.

Career

Born in Sydney to Leslie and Lona Beresford, he grew up in the (then) outer western suburb of Toongabbiemarker. He attended The King's School, Sydneymarker.

In a 2007 interview on Radio National in Australia (on Late Night Live), he said that he moved to England at the end of 1962 but could not get a job in the unionised film industry there, so he answered an advertisement for a film editing job in Nigeriamarker, where he worked for two years. He now works both in Australia and the United Statesmarker. He was previously wed to Rhoisin Patricia Harrison and married Virginia Duigan in 1985. Their daughter Trilby Beresford acts, whilst his daughter with his first wife Cordelia Beresford is a cinematographer.

Bruce Beresford found wide critical success as a director for his 1980 film Breaker Morant. As a director, Beresford storyboards and meticulously plans each individual scene.

Following the success of Breaker Morant, Beresford was offered dozens of Hollywoodmarker scripts including Tender Mercies, which had already been rejected by many Americanmarker directors. Beresford very much enjoyed and agreed to direct it. Several people involved with the American film had reservations about an Australian directing a movie about a country western star; Beresford himself also found the decision strange, but did not voice his thoughts because he so wanted to direct the movie. Beresford and actor Robert Duvall, who played the lead character of Mac Sledge, did not get along well during the production and often clashed during filming, including one day in which Beresford walked off the set in frustration. Tender Mercies, which was released in 1983, earned Beresford his only Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

In August 2007 he published a memoir, Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This... True Stories From A Life In The Screen Trade.

In addition to films, Bruce Beresford has also directed opera and theatre productions, including,in 2009, a Melbourne Theatre Company performance of Moonlight and Magnolias.

Furthermore, Bruce Beresford was elected President of the International Jury of the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Notes and references

  1. (ISBN 9780732284398) [1]


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