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Bruce McDonald


B: May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario

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.

Also see: Fade to Black: Bruce McDonald’s Rock ‘n Roll Road Trilogy
Also see: An interview with Bruce McDonald, originally published in 2004.
Also watch: Bruce McDonald talks about the making of Pontypool.

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

Merge (1980)
Let Me See (1982)
Knock! Knock! (1985)
Roadkill (1989)

Highway 61 (1991)
Dance Me Outside (1995)
Hard Core Logo (1996)
Platinum (TV-1997)
American Whiskey Bar (TV-1998)
Elimination Dance (1998)
Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (TV-1998)

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)

This Movie is Broken (2010)
Trigger (2010)
Music from the Big House (2010)
Hard Core Logo 2 (2010)
Yonge Street – Toronto Rock & Roll Stories (TV-2011)
The Husband (2013)
Hellions (2014)
Cashtown Corners (2015)
Weirdos (2016)
Ashram ’69 (2016, short)
Dreamland (2019)

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)

Malory Towers (2020-2022)
Ride (2023)

Highway 61, movie, poster, Dreamland, movie, poster,