Bruce Beresford is one of Australia’s most celebrated film directors. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1980 for the script of Breaker Morant and in 1982 for direction of Tender Mercies. His film Driving Miss Daisy won four Academy Awards including the award for Best Picture in 1989. Bruce Beresford’s early Australian films include Don’s Party (1976), The Getting of Wisdom (1977), The Club (1980) and Puberty Blues (1981) as well as the internationally acclaimed Breaker Morant. Bruce’s many other film credits include Crimes of the Heart (1986), Black Robe (1991), Mister Johnson (1990), Double Jeopardy (1990) and Paradise Road (1997) and he has won four Australian Film Institute Awards and been nominated for several others.

Bruce has also directed several operas and recently published a memoir Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This…True Stories From a Life in the Screen Trade. Bruce is currently in post-production on his latest film Mao’s Last Dancer (2009), based on the international best-selling book of the same name and filmed earlier this year in China, Australia and the USA.

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