Born in Montreal, he is a director and a cameramn who made a name for himself working with lightweight camera. He worked at the national film office. He soon directed his own productions. Follower of direct cinema, he worked with various filmmakers from Quebec. His feature Les Ordres deals with October 1970 crisis events: Brault won the Grand Prize in Cannes film festival. Awarded and aclaimed, Brault worked on short films, documentaries and series. In 1986, he got the Albert Tessier award from government of Quebec. In 1996, he won an award from the general governor of Canada.