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A gritty black comedy, set in an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788.

Bruce Williamson is a modern man out of time, whose simple plan of following his soulmate Daisy to the new land by getting arrested backfires severely, trapping him in a violent prison camp at the edge of the world. Rather than the love of his life, who knows their relationship can never work out here, Bruce is stuck in a tent with irrepressible bogan Garry - who claims to be Bruce’s “best mate”, and, despite what Bruce might hope, probably is - and Mick, a well-read, philosophical, and sensitive monolith of a man, who is also possibly a brutal serial killer.

The wider world is no friendlier, between the brutal marines, the incompetent leaders of the colony, and the mysterious local people who have had their way of life challenged.

"Bruce" rewrites Australia’s convict beginnings with a wry, deadpan comic voice, by taking historical facts and rubbing them up against the modern sensibilities of this ensemble of funny, flawed, and ultimately endearing characters.

  • Tony Rogers
    How To Talk Australians, Wilfred
  • Warwick Holt
    The Project, Good News Week
  • Mat Blackwell
    Good News Week, The Glass House
  • Jason Byrne
    Sucker, How to Talk Australians
  • Angus Sampson
    Key Cast
    Fargo, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Richard Davies
    Key Cast
    Offspring, Oddball
  • Dave Lawson
    Key Cast
    Utopia, Oddball
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Black Comedy, Period
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 23, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    235,000 AUD
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Distribution Information
  • Youtube
    Country: Australia
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Tony Rogers

Tony Rogers has directed work for clients as diverse as Work Cover, Sorbent, Libra, Just Jeans, CBA, Ford, Nissan, Fosters and AAMI. His award winning signature style is comedic realism and high concepts, using brilliant casting and great performance.
Recently Tony has directed Brand work specifically for Nissan – Tank, iSelect - Office, Libra - Drag Queen, AAMI – Rhonda ( Campaign ), and Work Safe - Wheel of Pain. He was the co-creator and director of the ‘Wilfred” series for SBS, which is now a hit series in the US. He is now currently working on several projects, one of which is the seven part comedy spectacular ‘Bruce’ and the comedy ‘FUNT’.
His first foray into feature film was the highly acclaimed “Rats and Cats”, a quirky but realistic look into the lives of an unexpected group of Aussies passing time in the fictitious coastal town of Gladdington. Along with ‘Bruce’ he is working on his next feature called ‘Fourth of July (Won't Last)' which follows the dysfunctional lives of four criminals who get out of the clink on the same day.

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