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Vale Bruce Leonard

Tuesday 19 March, 2019
Bruce Leonard, known as a passionate and committed stalwart of the Australian cinema and broadcasting industries, passed away at his Sydney home last week at the age of 75.
Bruce began his career in cinema with Hoyts, joined cinema advertising firm, David Koffel Australia in the mid 70’s before becoming an independent exhibitor and operating the Sussex Inlet Cinema on the NSW South Coast until the late 80’s.
Around this time he formed Bruce Leonard Film and Video Productions working primarily with Qantas for which he created a series of corporate videos over the next 15 years.
In 1996 Bruce began work for the National Film and Sound Archive producing 6 double CD’s ‘Australia’s Radio Favourites’.
Three years later he began producing and hosting a weekly hour-long radio show for the NFSA ‘Theatre of the Mind’ featuring the Golden Age of Radio from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s.

He also hosted a live-to-air version of Theatre of the Mind Friday night on 2GB with Brian Wilshire and Sunday night on 3AW with Bruce Mansfield and Phillip Brady.
He received an Australasian Sound Recordings Association award for his work.
Outside of radio, a large part of Bruce’s life was dedicated to the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers and the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society where he held roles as national secretary/treasurer of both bodies.


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