Bruce McDonald is a film and television director who also works as an editor, producer and sometimes actor. Born in Kingston, McDonald grew up in the Rexdale area of Toronto where he started making 8mm films. When he was 19 he entered his first films in the Toronto Super-8 Film Festival. Encouraged by that experience he went on to study film and photography at Ryerson Polytechnical in Toronto where he completed the short films Merge in 1980 and Let Me See two years later, which won the Norman Jewison Award for best student film at the 1982 Canadian National Exhibition. The short helped launch his professional career after it screened at the Toronto Festival of Festivals where his 1989 film, Roadkill won the award for Most Outstanding Canadian Film. His 2016 film, Weirdos will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Road Songs: A Portrait of Robbie Robertson (TV-2001) Picture Claire (2001) The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess (2004) Gay Like Me? (2006) MaximumRockNRoll (2007) The Tracey Fragments (2007) The Dark Room (TV-2007) Pontypool (2008) Almost Audrey (TV-2009)
TV Series: (at least one episode): The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985)
The Hidden Room (1991) Lonesome Dove (1992) Liberty Street (1994) Twitch City (1998)
Degrassi (2001, 2003, 2008, 2009) Playmakers (2003) This Is Wonderland (2004) The Collector (2004) Kevin Hill (2004) The Tournament (2005) Darcy’s Wild Life (2005) ReGenesis (2006) Killer Wave (2006, mini-series) The Rawside of… (2008) City Sonic (2009)
Living in Your Car (2010) Yonge Street – Toronto Rock & Roll Stories (2011, mini-series) Cracked (2013) Bomb Girls (2013) Reign (2013) Heartland (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) Bitten (2015) Lost Girl (2015) Dark Matter (2015, 2016, 2017) Creeped Out (2017, 2018, 2019) Ransom (2018)