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      Bruce McDonald

      Bruce McDonald

      Highest Rated: 100% Edge The Art of Motion Picture Editing (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 35% Hellions (2015)

      Birthday: May 28, 1959

      Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Edge The Art of Motion Picture Editing
      Hard Core Logo


      PONTYPOOL, director Bruce McDonald, on set, 2008. Ph: Caitlin Cronenberg/©IFC Films



      54% No Score Yet Dreamland Director - 2019
      93% 96% Weirdos Director - 2016
      35% 16% Hellions Director - 2015
      No Score Yet 27% Hellmouth Kemp (Character) - 2014
      83% 44% The Husband Director - 2013
      50% 79% Music From the Big House Director - 2010
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      No Score Yet 40% Hard Core Logo II Bruce the Filmmaker (Character),
      - 2010
      83% 44% This Movie Is Broken Director - 2010
      88% 64% Trigger Director - 2010
      84% 68% Pontypool Director $3.5K 2008
      42% 54% The Tracey Fragments Director,
      Executive Producer
      $31.6K 2007
      No Score Yet 17% Killer Wave Director - 2006
      100% 100% Edge The Art of Motion Picture Editing Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess Director - 2004
      No Score Yet 36% Picture Claire Director - 2001
      No Score Yet 59% Vinyl Executive Producer - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stuff Executive Producer - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twitch City Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Elimination Dance Director,
      - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Platinum Director - 1997
      69% 89% Hard Core Logo Documentary Filmmaker (Character),
      $133.3K 1996
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      - 1994
      100% 84% Highway 61 Director $8.7K 1991
      100% 68% Speaking Parts Film Editing - 1990
      No Score Yet 79% Roadkill Bruce Shack (Character),
      - 1989


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