Bruce McDonald

Director
Bruce McDonald is one of Canada's most inventive and eclectic directors, marrying a love of punk rock immediacy with an interest in formalist techniques. After attending the film program at Toronto's Ryerson University ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1959 in Kingston, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Director (30)

Dark Matter 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Hellions 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Gay Like Me? 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Degrassi: The Next Generation 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2009, 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Reign 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Music From the Big House 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

My Babysitter's a Vampire 2010 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

The Husband 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The L.A. Complex 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Hard Core Logo II 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Pontypool 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

This Movie is Broken 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Trigger 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Degrassi Spring Break Movie 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director

The Tracey Fragments 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Instant Star 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Lexx 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The War Next Door 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Tilt 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Welcome to Paradox 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Twitch City 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Picture Claire 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Hard Core Logo 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Dance Me Outside 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Highway 61 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Roadkill 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Killer Wave (TV Show)

Director
Producer (10)

The Husband 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stuff 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stuff 2000 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Verlorene Flugel 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dance Me Outside 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Highway 61 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blue 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cow That Swam Lake Ontario 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Roadkill 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mysterious Moon Men of Canada 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (5)

Jet Boy 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hard Core Logo II 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Last Night 1999 (Movie)

Wild Guy (Actor)

Curtis's Charm 1996 (Movie)

Man in Restaurant (Actor)

Roadkill 1989 (Movie)

Bruce Shack (Actor)
Editor (5)

Speaking Parts 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Harriet Loves 1987 (Movie)

editor supervisor (Executive Editor)

The Mysterious Moon Men of Canada 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Lost! 1985 (Movie)

(Assistant Editor)

Next of Kin 1984 (Movie)

(Assistant Editor)
Writer (3)

Hard Core Logo II 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dance Me Outside 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Highway 61 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)
Sound (2)

Comic Book Confidential 1989 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Scissere 1981 (Movie)

(Sound)
Music (1)

Next of Kin 1984 (Movie)

(Music Editor)
Production Management (1)

The Last Days of Lisa Lopes 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Field Producer
Other (3)

Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

A Fortified City 1992 (Movie)

collaborator (Production)

Draw! (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

Bruce McDonald is one of Canada's most inventive and eclectic directors, marrying a love of punk rock immediacy with an interest in formalist techniques. After attending the film program at Toronto's Ryerson University, McDonald began his career with the whimsically strange "Roadkill", which he followed with the road trip comedy "Highway 61". Both films featured actress Valerie Buhagiar, at the time McDonald's girlfriend. The second co-starred and was written by Don McKellar, a fellow Toronto filmmaker who would prove to be one of McDonald's most frequent collaborators. Most notably, the pair co-created "Twitch City", an absurdist sitcom set in downtown Toronto's Kensington neighborhood that starred McKellar as an agoraphobic TV addict. McDonald's other TV work includes several directing credits on the popular teen series "Degrassi: The Next Generation", which brought him several awards from the Directors Guild of Canada. He has developed an interest in experimental film techniques over the years. After the bleak mockumentary "Hard Core Logo", he directed the emotionally and visually complex "The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess", the claustrophobic horror film "Pontypool", and perhaps his best-known work, the visually stunning "The Tracey Fragments", a film about a teenage girl's mental breakdown starring a pre-"Juno" Ellen Page and filmed entirely using split-screen techniques that at times featured over a dozen simultaneous images. Most of these films had original soundtracks by McDonald's favorite band, Broken Social Scene. In 2010, McDonald directed "This Movie Is Broken", a romantic comedy with a Broken Social Scene concert as its centerpiece.

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