This very intimate and warm documentary is the first feature-length film of young Australian violinist and director. Producer persuaded her to make a film about the answers to the questions that she wanted to ask her father who had spent much of his life in prison for various crimes. Oren’s father Bruce is not exactly a typical jailbird; he is charismatic and has artistic gift. In the film, we will accompany him on his trips throughout Australia and to Cuba and America. Besides him, we will also meet the director’s peevish 97-year-old granny, her mother-artist who lives in an Aborigine community and her dad's sexy young girlfriend from Cuba.
Oren Siedler grew up in Australia. He work was influenced by growing up in two completely different works: the one of her mother – a follower of Dalai Lama, and the one of her father – who seems as he comes from Keruac’s novels. After playing violin in a girls’ rock band, she went to America and did various things on film sets (including on John Waters’ Hairspray). Upon returning to Australia, she graduated in Film and Video Production and Direction from the Technical Academy in Sydney. Ever since, she has continuously worked on numerous short films and documentaries and playing and teaching violin.
Bruce and Me
2004, 82', color
Ed Barreveld, Oren Siedler