Bruce McDonald (director)
May 28, 1959 |
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Alma mater||Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada|
Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959) is a Canadian film and television director.
Life and career
McDonald was born in Kingston, Ontario, and later graduated from the film program at Ryerson University. His first movie was The Plunge Murderer, followed by a feature-length zombie flick, Our Glorious Dead, made with his grandfather's super-8 camera and shot on location at his Rexdale, Ontario high school, North Albion Collegiate. The film premiered in the school cafeteria and made $100.
His more successful feature films have included Let Me See(...), Knock Knock, Roadkill (1989), Highway 61 (1991), for which he won Best Director at the highly regarded San Sebastián International Film Festival, Dance Me Outside (1994), Hard Core Logo (1996) and Picture Claire (2001). Roadkill won most Outstanding Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and Hard Core Logo has been frequently ranked amongst the greatest movies ever to come out of Canada. McDonald earned some notoriety when he quipped, while accepting his $25,000 prize from TIFF for Roadkill, that he planned to spend the money on "a big chunk of hash".
He completed shooting The Tracey Fragments (2006) in Toronto, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. While shooting the scenes took him only two weeks, he spent nine months in post-production.
In 2009, McDonald directed three short films for the cross-platform project City Sonic. McDonald, along with six other directors, shot 20 short films about Toronto musicians and the places where their musical lives were transformed. McDonald directed films starring Die Mannequin, the Cancer Bats and Geddy Lee of Rush. His 2010 film Trigger was the first film ever screened at Toronto's new TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Hard Core Logo 2 premiered at the Whistler Film Festival on December 4, 2010 with the members of Die Mannequin and McDonald walking the red carpet. It had its second screening at the Victoria Film Festival on February 6, 2011 with Bruce and producer Rob Merilees present and is planning for a September release. 2014 directed the Horror thriller Hellions.
He currently resides in Toronto with his wife, cinematographer and filmmaker Dany Chiasson, and their daughter. Prior to his marriage to Chiasson, he was romantically linked with actress and director Valerie Buhagiar, the star of Roadkill. (McDonald, on the 15th anniversary DVD commentary of Roadkill, even said he had written the part of Ramona specifically for Buhagiar, with the intention of making her his girlfriend.)
- Playback :: Egoyan tops Canada's all-time best movies list
- Interview with Care Failure of Die Mannequin about new documentary and video by Mike Bax
- "How the film Trigger underwent a sex change". The Globe and Mail, September 11, 2010.
- "Dany Chiasson taps into the mystery that is Joan of Arc". The Globe and Mail, March 24, 2011.
- Bruce McDonald interview, MUBI
- Highways, Hash And Hardcore: An Interview With Bruce McDonald, Rock! Shock! Pop!
- Bruce McDonald at the Internet Movie Database
- Bruce McDonald Interview on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos
- Bruce McDonald Interview with by Michael Mann for ion magazine
- Bruce McDonald Interview With FEARnet