Bryan Bruce has made documentaries on crime, natural history, child poverty, mental health and iconic Kiwis. In 2008 the Scots-born producer/director won a Qantas Award for unsolved murder series The Investigator, which he also presents. He has also won awards for Murder, They Said (about the David Tamihere case), and Jesus: The Cold Case. The Lost Dinosaurs of New Zealand was a finalist for several international awards.

...I think we can make analytical, thought-provoking programmes that encourage us to discuss the kind of society, the kind of place that we have here and whether this is New Zealand the way we want it. Bryan Bruce, in a 2007 interview

Screenography

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1981 - The Tour Ten Years On

1991, Producer, Director, Presenter, Writer

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A Question of Justice

2005, Director

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Beyond a Joke!

1995, Director, Producer - Television

This 1995 documentary about New Zealand humour features classic TV comedy moments from Fred Dagg, Barry Crump, A Week of It, McPhail and Gadsby, Letter to Blanchy, Billy T James, Pete and Pio, the Topp Twins, Gliding On, Lyn of Tawa and Funny Business. Tom Scott, John Clarke, David McPhail and Jon Gadsby talk about the nature of New Zealand satire; Pio Terei, Peter Rowley, and Billy T James producer Tom Parkinson discuss the pros and cons of race-based humour; and the Topp Twins explain the art of sending people up rather than putting them down.  

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Breaking Barriers

1993, Director, Producer - Television

John O'Shea was godfather to generations of Kiwi filmmakers; he was an inspirational force committed to bringing new perspectives to the screen. "Had he been a Māori, he would have been a kaumatua years ago" - Wi Kuki Kaa. This documentary backgrounds O'Shea and his pioneering indie production company Pacific Films, ranging from his efforts to put Māori on screen, to banned 60s ads. The cast provides proof positive of O'Shea's influence - amongst the ex-Pacific staff interviewed are Barry Barclay, Tony Williams, Gaylene Preston, and Michael Seresin.

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In Cold Blood

1997, Producer, Writer, Director

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Inside Child Poverty

2011, Director, Presenter

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Jesus: The Cold Case

2011, Director, Presenter

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Just a Little Mad

2008, Director

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Monsters of the Deep

2005, Director

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Murder, They Said

1996, Director

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Nothing to Live For?

1987, Writer, Presenter

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Passion in Paradise

2008, Director

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Peter Blake

1990, Director, Producer

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Safer Sex

1989, Writer, Presenter, Producer

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Serious Fraud

1995, Producer, Director

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Shaky Beginnings

1999, Director, Producer

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Stand By Your Man

1993, Producer, Director

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State of Mind

2000, Director, Producer, Writer, Editor

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The Bridge

2002, Director, Writer, Producer - Television

Presented by veteran newsreader Richard Long, this documentary looks at the history of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, focusing on some of the many and varied events which have happened on the bridge, such as AJ Hackett's first bungy jump off of it, the Dame Whina Cooper-led Maori land march of 1975, and the first plane to fly under the bridge. Interviewees include Joe Hawke, who was both a builder who worked on the bridge and a leader of the land march, and one of the Japanese makers of the 'Nippon Clippon' bridge extensions added in 1969.

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The Bughouse

2001, Writer, Producer, Director

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The Coach

1996, Director, Producer

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The Investigator

2007 - 2009, Presenter, Writer, Producer, Director, Editor

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The Late Late Show

1982, Presenter

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The Lost Dinosaurs of New Zealand

2002, Producer, Director, Editor, Writer

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The Sir Howard Morrison Story

2002, Editor, Director, Producer - Television

This documentary tells the life story of entertainer Sir Howard Morrison. Sir Howard discusses his Te Arawa whakapapa, his whānau, and his Anglican faith. Includes footage of his investiture, a visit to his old school - Te Aute, early performances by the Howard Morrison Quartet in Rotorua and performances throughout his career. Sir Howard is candid about his ego, his foray into film, and his marriage. An especially touching moment is a visit to an old Tuhoe friend (Sir Howard spent his early years in the Urewera) with a cloak made for his father.

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The Trouble with Ben

1999, Director, Writer, Producer

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We're Only Human

1986 - 1987, Creator, Composer, Presenter

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Whina Te Whaea O Te Motu - Mother of the Nation

1992, Director, Producer

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Wild about New Zealand

2000 - 2001, Director, Writer, Producer

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Workhorse to Dreamhorse

2001, Writer, Director, Producer, Editor - Television

The major contribution made by horses to New Zealand’s development is investigated in this Bryan Bruce documentary – from the first to arrive (a stallion brought by missionary Samuel Marsden in 1814) to equestrian gold medallists and sires of Melbourne Cup winners in more recent years. This excerpt features extensive archive footage of some of the 10,000 horses sent to Europe and the Middle East during World War I (with only four returning); and talks to one of the last milk vendors to use a horse and cart (only retired with very mixed feelings in 1984).

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You're Soaking In It!

1994, Director, Editor, Producer