Francis-Bruce, Richard Biography

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10 December 1948, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
After leaving school, Richard joined the ABC in Sydney with hopes of emulating his father, Jack Bruce, who worked as a cinematographer in Hollywood for Cecil B. De Mille and the Famous Lansky Players. However, the only opening at the time was in editing. He fell in love with the craft and spent 15 years with the ABC working on various current affairs and other programs before getting into drama. He left the ABC to work on the feature "Goodbye Paradise" before going on to "Careful He Might Hear You" and Kennedy Miller's "The Dismissal" and "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome". It was through George Miller's studio film "The Witches of Eastwick that Richard was introduced to Hollywood. He again worked for Miller on his 1992 film "Lorenzo's Oil". Richard got the job on "Shawshank Redemption" over 30 of Hollywood's best editors because the producer had a similar background (at the BBC) and took a liking to him. In June/July 1996 Richard visited Australia for the first time in four years and during that time spoke at a seminar at the Australian Film Television and Radio School entitled Frame By Frame, where he took the audience cut by cut through every aspect of the production of "Seven". He was also interviewed for the ABC- TV program "Review". Richard was also nominated for the Eddies (American Cinema Editor's Awards) for his work on "Shawshank" and "Seven" and in 1997 Richard was invited to become a member of the American Cinema Editors. In 1998 he received his third Oscar nomination for his work on "Air Force One", a fact which attracted considerable attention by the Australian TV and press. However, although it was hoped he would be third time lucky, the Oscar went to the blockbuster of the year Titanic. In 2001 he was again nominated by the Americian Cinema Editor's for his work on "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone .
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