Bronwen Hughes is a New York-based feature film director, originally from Toronto, Canada.
Her recent feature, Stander, is based on the true story of a notorious and brilliant bank robber in 1970’s Johannesburg. This charismatic criminal became a popular hero, robbing 4 or 5 banks in a single day, always in wild disguises and steps ahead of the apartheid-era law enforcement. For years he was uncatchable, but finally he was apprehended and revealed to be the Captain of the South African Police. Stander stars Thomas Jane (The Punisher, Boogie Nights, Deep Blue Sea), Deborah Kara Unger (The Game, The Salton Sea), and Dexter Fletcher (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). The shoot took place in Johannesburg and the Townships of Soweto and Tembisa, where Hughes directed thousands of extras in a re-creation of the riots of the apartheid struggle.
Her previous feature, Forces of Nature, starring Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck, was made for Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks. It is a stylish and unique romantic comedy about two strangers that are thrown together on a wild ride, battling the elements, both trying to make it to Savannah, Georgia on a deadline. Noted for its special effects sequences of slow-motion hail storms and surreal hurricanes, Forces of Nature was the Number One film in the weeks of its National and International releases.
Hughes came to the attention of Spielberg who asked her to direct Forces of Nature after screening her first feature film, Harriet the Spy. Made for Paramount Pictures, Harriet was released to critical and box office success and won international prizes. She currently has several films in development: Andersen in Wonderland, about world champion surfers, for Warner Brothers/ New Line and producer Andrew Lazar; The Journey is the Destination, starring Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings) in the role of the young Reuters photographer and artist, Dan Eldon; and Exposure, an independent film set in New York city, based on the novel by Kathryn Harrison.
Her production experience has taken her all over the world, from Iceland and Norway, to Central American Mayan ruins, to the remote peaks of the Andes. Her award-winning documentary for The Discovery Channel was filmed in the jungles of inland Peru.
For television, Hughes has directed episodes of Showtime’s hit series, The L Word and Breaking Bad. Commercial clients in the past have included PBS, YWCA, Giorgio Beverly Hills, Discover Card, Labatt's, Bell Telephone, Isuzu, Toyota, McDonald's, Rubbermaid, Audi, and Toshiba, among many others. Hughes was also the director of film shorts for the comedy troupe, Kids in the Hall.