We are thrilled to welcome our Festival Patrons, Academy Award-nominated director and writer Bruce Beresford, and renowned film producer and author Sue Milliken ao to BIFF 2018. With extensive international experience and a long history of passionate support for the Australian film industry, we are honoured they are joining us during the Festival to share their knowledge and experience.
The director of Breaker Morant 1980 and Driving Miss Daisy 1989, Sydney-born Bruce Beresford has been making films around the world for more than 50 years. Following his stint with the British Film Institute, Beresford’s debut feature, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie 1972, became the first Australian film to surpass $1 million at the local box office. He went on to helm over 25 successful Australian and international feature films, including The Getting of Wisdom 1977, Don’s Party 1976, Puberty Blues 1981, Tender Mercies 1983, Crimes of the Heart 1986, Black Robe 1991, Double Jeopardy 1999 and Mao’s Last Dancer 2009.
He was nominated for Academy Awards for the script for Breaker Morant and the direction of Tender Mercies, and Driving Miss Daisy won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Picture. Recently, he directed Mr Church 2016 starring Eddie Murphy; an episode of the remake of Roots; and Emmy-nominated TV movie Flint 2017.
His new feature Ladies in Black 2018 is an adaptation of Madeleine St John’s iconic Australian novel, The Women in Black. Bruce has also directed numerous operas, including the upcoming Australian premiere of Rossini’s Otello for Melbourne Opera. His books include behind-the-scenes looks at Hollywood, Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants to Do This and The Best Film I Never Made.
The 2018 Chauvel Award recipient, Sue Milliken ao is one of Australia’s most experienced and highly regarded film producers. Working since the 1970s, her credits include The Odd Angry Shot 1979, Sirens 1994, Dating the Enemy 1996, IMAX documentary Sydney: The Story of a City 1999, Australian TV mini-series My Brother Jack 2001, the TV series Farscape 2000-2003, and Indigenous Australian films Crocodile Dreaming 2007 and The Redfern Story 2014. She has produced four feature films for Bruce Beresford: The Fringe Dwellers 1986; the first official Australian–Canadian co-production, Black Robe 1991; the World War II survivor film Paradise Road 1997 with an international cast including Glenn Close, Julianna Margulies and Cate Blanchett; and, most recently, Ladies in Black 2018, for which she also co-wrote the screenplay.
She is a former chair of the Australian Film Commission, a past president of Screen Producers Australia, and has served on the board of Screen West. Sue is a recipient of the Australian Film Institute’s Raymond Longford Award, the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the film industry, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian International Movie Convention. Her books include a memoir on the Australian film industry, Selective Memory, and a book of correspondence with Beresford, There’s a Fax from Bruce.