Bruno Lawrence

Born David Charles Lawrence in Worthing, West Sussex, England, he migrated with his family to New Zealand in 1946, settling in New Plymouth before moving to Wellington in 1948. Lawrence spent most of his life in New Zealand, but also worked extensively in Australia. He was a renowned jazz and rock drummer, playing drums in many bands, including Max Merritt & The Meteors, Quincy Conserve,Blerta, and The Crocodiles. His last recording was with Bernie McGann, Larry Gales and Jonathan Crayford on "Jazz at the St. James" in 1989. In the early 1970s, Lawrence founded Blerta ("Bruno Lawrence's Electric Revelation and Travelling Apparition"). The multi and theatrical co-operative toured New Zealand and in parts of Australia. Blerta saw him performing alongside many people he would work with later as an actor, including director Geoff Murphy, and actors Martyn Sanderson and Ian Watkin.

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Goodbye Pork Pie (1981)

Gerry hires a car in Kaitaia with a stolen licence and travels to Invercargill with John, who's wife has just left him. The ultimate NZ roadtrip adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Tony Barry  •  Kelly Johnson  •  Claire Oberman  •  Shirley Gruar

Gerry hires a car in Kaitaia with a stolen licence and travels to Invercargill with John, who's wife has just left him. The ultimate NZ roadtrip adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Tony Barry  •  Kelly Johnson  •  Claire Oberman  •  Shirley Gruar

Rikky and Pete (1988)

Rikky (Nina Landis) and her brother Pete (Stephen Kearney) struggle to keep their lives from spinning out of control in small town Australia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nadia Tass
CAST:  Nina Landis  •  Stephen Kearney  •  Tetchie Agbayani  •  Bill Hunter

Rikky (Nina Landis) and her brother Pete (Stephen Kearney) struggle to keep their lives from spinning out of control in small town Australia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nadia Tass
CAST:  Nina Landis  •  Stephen Kearney  •  Tetchie Agbayani  •  Bill Hunter

Smash Palace (1981)

Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with cars. When Al finds her in the arms of another man, he takes his daughter, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Anna Maria Monticelli  •  Greer Robson  •  Keith Aberdein

Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with cars. When Al finds her in the arms of another man, he takes his daughter, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Anna Maria Monticelli  •  Greer Robson  •  Keith Aberdein

Spotswood (1992)

Wallace is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems from another era, Wallace has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Joffe
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Alwyn Kurts  •  John Walton

Wallace is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems from another era, Wallace has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Joffe
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Alwyn Kurts  •  John Walton

The Quiet Earth (1985)

After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Alison Routledge  •  Pete Smith  •  Anzac Wallace

After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Alison Routledge  •  Pete Smith  •  Anzac Wallace

Utu (1983)

In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal leads him to seek utu (revenge). The settler Williamson in turn seeks revenge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Anzac Wallace  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Tim Elliott  •  Kelly Johnson

In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal leads him to seek utu (revenge). The settler Williamson in turn seeks revenge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Anzac Wallace  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Tim Elliott  •  Kelly Johnson

The Delinquents (1989)

A small town in Australia, in the late 1950s: Brownie and Lola are deeply in love. But because they are under-age, their parents are against their relationship and try to separate them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Thomson
CAST:  Kylie Minogue  •  Charlie Schlatter  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Todd Boyce

A small town in Australia, in the late 1950s: Brownie and Lola are deeply in love. But because they are under-age, their parents are against their relationship and try to separate them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Thomson
CAST:  Kylie Minogue  •  Charlie Schlatter  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Todd Boyce

Death Warmed Up (1985)

A kid is hypnotized by a scientist to kill his parents and ends in a mental institution. As a grown up he returns to seek revenge over the scientist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Blyth
CAST:  Michael Hurst  •  Margaret Umbers  •  William Upjohn  •  Norelle Scott

A kid is hypnotized by a scientist to kill his parents and ends in a mental institution. As a grown up he returns to seek revenge over the scientist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Blyth
CAST:  Michael Hurst  •  Margaret Umbers  •  William Upjohn  •  Norelle Scott

The Rogue Stallion (1990)

After her father's death, Anna Peterson and her family move from Australia to her father's ancestral home in New Zealand.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henri Safran
CAST:  Beth Buchanan  •  Brian Rooney  •  Michele Fawdon  •  Andrew Shephard

After her father's death, Anna Peterson and her family move from Australia to her father's ancestral home in New Zealand.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henri Safran
CAST:  Beth Buchanan  •  Brian Rooney  •  Michele Fawdon  •  Andrew Shephard

As Time Goes By (1988)

A surfer abandoned in the middle of the Australian Outback encounters an alien who time-travels in a ship that looks like a 1950s greasy spoon restaurant and embroils the hero in a chase that involves him sorting out a time paradox so that he can wind back time to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Peak
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Nique Needles  •  Ray Barrett  •  Marcelle Schmitz

A surfer abandoned in the middle of the Australian Outback encounters an alien who time-travels in a ship that looks like a 1950s greasy spoon restaurant and embroils the hero in a chase that involves him sorting out a time paradox so that he can wind back time to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Peak
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Nique Needles  •  Ray Barrett  •  Marcelle Schmitz

Warlords of the 21st Century (1982)

It's the 21st century, the Oil Wars have made a mess of the planet and the land outside major cities is lawless. After Hunter comes to the aid of Corlie, who has run away from the villainous Straker, he takes her to the peaceful community of Clearwater. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harley Cokeliss
CAST:  Michael Beck  •  Annie McEnroe  •  James Wainwright  •  Bruno Lawrence

It's the 21st century, the Oil Wars have made a mess of the planet and the land outside major cities is lawless. After Hunter comes to the aid of Corlie, who has run away from the villainous Straker, he takes her to the peaceful community of Clearwater. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harley Cokeliss
CAST:  Michael Beck  •  Annie McEnroe  •  James Wainwright  •  Bruno Lawrence

The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy (1988)

Dramatisation of the sinking of the Greenpeace ship 'The Rainbow Warrior' by French agents in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1985.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Thomson
CAST:  Jack Thompson  •  Brad Davis  •  Mary Regan  •  Germain Houde

Dramatisation of the sinking of the Greenpeace ship 'The Rainbow Warrior' by French agents in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1985.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Thomson
CAST:  Jack Thompson  •  Brad Davis  •  Mary Regan  •  Germain Houde

An Indecent Obsession (1985)

Sister Honour Langtree (Wendy Hughes), is in charge of a military hospital for psychiatric patients. She however transgresses boundaries by developing a sexual attraction for a new patient.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lex Marinos
CAST:  Wendy Hughes  •  Gary Sweet  •  Richard Moir  •  Jonathan Hyde

Sister Honour Langtree (Wendy Hughes), is in charge of a military hospital for psychiatric patients. She however transgresses boundaries by developing a sexual attraction for a new patient.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lex Marinos
CAST:  Wendy Hughes  •  Gary Sweet  •  Richard Moir  •  Jonathan Hyde

Gino (1994)

Gino Pallazetti is in love with Lucia Petri and his career as a stand up comedian is about to take off.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jackie McKimmie
CAST:  Nicholas Bufalo  •  Zoe Carides  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Rose Clemente

Gino Pallazetti is in love with Lucia Petri and his career as a stand up comedian is about to take off.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jackie McKimmie
CAST:  Nicholas Bufalo  •  Zoe Carides  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Rose Clemente

Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from WW2. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. Helicopter pilot ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hemmings
CAST:  Ken Wahl  •  Lesley Ann Warren  •  Donald Pleasence  •  George Peppard

In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from WW2. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. Helicopter pilot ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hemmings
CAST:  Ken Wahl  •  Lesley Ann Warren  •  Donald Pleasence  •  George Peppard

Grievous Bodily Harm (1988)

A schoolteacher (John Waters) becomes obsessed with the idea that his wife (Joy Bell) did not die in a car accident, as everyone else thinks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Joffe
CAST:  Colin Friels  •  Kim Gyngell  •  Craig Ashley  •  Gary Waddell

A schoolteacher (John Waters) becomes obsessed with the idea that his wife (Joy Bell) did not die in a car accident, as everyone else thinks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Joffe
CAST:  Colin Friels  •  Kim Gyngell  •  Craig Ashley  •  Gary Waddell

Bridge to Nowhere (1986)

Kids on an outing in the forest come up against a mysterious hermit who lives on the other side of a bridge, and he is definitely not happy to see them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Mune
CAST:  Matthew Hunter  •  Margaret Umbers  •  Shelly Luxford  •  Stephen Judd

Kids on an outing in the forest come up against a mysterious hermit who lives on the other side of a bridge, and he is definitely not happy to see them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Mune
CAST:  Matthew Hunter  •  Margaret Umbers  •  Shelly Luxford  •  Stephen Judd

Initiation (1987)

After the death of his mother, teenage Danny visits his father Matt Malloy on a lonesome farm in Australia, where he lives with a girlfriend and her daughter Stevie. The farm has been going bad lately, so Matt starts smuggling Marijuana for a drug connection. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Pearce
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Rodney Harvey  •  Miranda Otto  •  Arna-Maria Winchester

After the death of his mother, teenage Danny visits his father Matt Malloy on a lonesome farm in Australia, where he lives with a girlfriend and her daughter Stevie. The farm has been going bad lately, so Matt starts smuggling Marijuana for a drug connection. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Pearce
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Rodney Harvey  •  Miranda Otto  •  Arna-Maria Winchester

Heart of the Stag (1984)

Chilling story of a farmhand who realizes his popular boss has been committing incest with his daughter for years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Firth
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Terence Cooper  •  Mary Regan  •  Anne Flannery

Chilling story of a farmhand who realizes his popular boss has been committing incest with his daughter for years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Firth
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Terence Cooper  •  Mary Regan  •  Anne Flannery

The Rainbow Warrior (1993)

Peter Wilcox (Voight), as skipper of the 'Rainbow Warrior', a Greenpeace ship, docks in Auckland, July 1985, preparing for a protest against French nuclear testing in the south pacific. When a bomb rips open the vessel, killing a crew member, he must convince ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Tuchner
CAST:  Jon Voight  •  Sam Neill  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Kerry Fox

Peter Wilcox (Voight), as skipper of the 'Rainbow Warrior', a Greenpeace ship, docks in Auckland, July 1985, preparing for a protest against French nuclear testing in the south pacific. When a bomb rips open the vessel, killing a crew member, he must convince ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Tuchner
CAST:  Jon Voight  •  Sam Neill  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Kerry Fox
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