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Bruce Sweeney, director,
B: 1962 in Sarnia, Ontario

Bruce Sweeney was born in Ontario but moved to British Columbia to study visual arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He received a Masters degree in film from the University of British Columbia. Sweeney’s first short film Betty and Vera Go Lawnbowling, won several awards and was screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival. This was followed by his feature debut, Live Bait, which received critical acclaim both in Canada and around the world. It was the winner of the $25,000 CITY-TV Prize for Best Canadian Film at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival. Last Wedding, produced on a budget of only 1.3 million dollars was selected to be the official opening night gala film at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and won a Canadian Comedy Award. His 2013 film,The Dick Knost Show, was named Best BC Film at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Also see: Bruce Sweeney talks to Northernstars.ca about The Making of American Venus.

Quotation: “I’m only interested in making small people films. We’re all just people and that`s what fascinates me.”


Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Betty and Vera Go Lawnbowling (1990, short)
Live Bait (1995)
Dirty (1998)

Last Wedding (2001)
American Venus (2006)
Excited (2009)

The Crimes of Mike Recket (2012)
The Dick Knost Show (2013)
Kingsway (2018)


Credits as a Screenwriter:
Betty and Vera Go Lawnbowling (1990-W)
Live Bait (1995-W)
Dirty (1998-W)

Last Wedding (2001-W)
American Venus (2006-W)
Excited (2009)

The Crimes of Mike Recket (2012)
The Dick Knost Show (2013)
Kingsway (2018)




Kingsway, movie, poster,