Curated by the NZ On Screen team
Actor Bruno Lawrence rounds out a handful (Buck, Billy T, The Topps, Crumpy) of Kiwi icons who have achieved sufficient mana to be recognised by an abbreviated name. His charisma was key to ground-breaking films, Smash Palace, The Quiet Earth and Utu. Jack Nicholson reputedly had Bruno envy. This collection celebrates his inimitable performances and life.
Sunday Star Times film critic Barney McDonald analyses Bruno's charms: "the only New Zealand actor who consistently unsettles me". Read >
Screenwriter Keith Aberdein reflects: "without him I doubt that there would be that rather vague thing we call the New Zealand film industry." Read >
Steve La Hood candidly muses on the experience of filming his acclaimed biography of the contradictory character that was ‘Bruno’. Read >
Lawrence’s career also includes many Ocker roles, most famously in Frontline. Check out Australian Screen titles tagged with ‘Bruno’. Watch >
The prolific, multi-talented Mr Lawrence took on roles from Crocodiles' drummer to last man on earth. Have we missed any classic Bruno? Suggest a title >