Bruce Burgess is an investigative documentary filmmaker. He has hosted, directed and written numerous television documentary expose specials, on such wide ranging subjects as Bigfoot, alien abductions, ancient history, the British Royal Family, Al Quaeda and the CIA. His work tends to focus on conspiracies, cover-ups and mysteries.
Born in England, Burgess studied at the prestigious Harrow School. Over the years he has helmed a number of diverse projects, including starting the EDUCAID charity, producing the Peter Boizot’s Soho Jazz Festival and working as a promoter for the BreakMarketing company. In the early 1990s Burgess was managing director for London based Unique Public Relations, and in 1996 he founded the London Restaurant Awards and London Restaurant Week.
In 1993 Burgess made his first television program for LWT in London, and has since produced dozens of hours of network programming in the United States and Europe. Burgess filmed Dreamland: Area 51 in 1996, a documentary focusing on the government’s alleged secret UFO facility in the Nevada desert. Some of his other television documentary work includes the Ark of the Covenant investigation The Lost Ark (1997), the chemical warfare centric Broken Dagger (2001), the ETA terror group expose Bombs and Basques (2002), the big foot hunt Bigfootville (2002) and the religious exploration In Search of the Holy Grail (2003).
Burgess and frequent producer and collaborator Rene Barnett formed the specialist documentary film company Bluebook Films, Inc., in 2001. Burgess’ first short 35mm film, titled Rosbeef, premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2008, Burgess released Bloodline, his longest and most in-depth feature length documentary. The film depicts Burgess’s four-year investigation into the Catholic Church’s “bloodline conspiracy,” made popular by the book The Da Vinci Code.