Steve’s Emmy nominated adaption of the much loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic.
MOVIES / TV
Steve’s Emmy nominated adaption of the much loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic.
Slingers is not your traditional science fiction show. It uses the trappings of the genre as background, but at its heart it has more in common with classic heist movies and the style of Sinatras Rat Pack. Exciting, visually stunning, and in turn both funny and poignant, the show is quite different from anything thats come before.
MIKE_BASSETT_ENGLAND_MANAGER – ComputerMike Bassett: England Manager is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by Steve Barron, following the fortunes of the manager of Division One football (English football’s second tier) club Norwich City, Mike Bassett, who having led his side to the ‘Mr Clutch Cup’, is appointed England manager.
Steven Soderbergh called Choking Man “everything an Independent Film should be.” Set in Jamaica, a suburb of Queens New York, purportedly the most culturally diverse area in the world, Choking Man presents a picture of the alienation and disorientation felt by immigrants to the USA.
Steve directed the Emmy winning pilot, plus 2 further episodes of Storyteller and served as creative supervisor of the remainder of the series.
Pete Postlethwaite is Hubert Flynn, Dublin bread deliveryman, who loves his pint of Guinness, his bet on the horses and his wife Conchita, in that order. One evening he is transformed into a Rat, and has to learn how to regain his humanity.
Merlin was a television event mini-series, which won four Emmys from fifteen nominations.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the first independent movie to take over $100 million at the US box office. It started the Turtlemania craze and remains a firm fan favourite.
The film of the classic SNL skit.
Delete is a sci-fi thriller that poses the terrifying question: what if all of the connections that make up the internet emerged into consciousness and woke up.
DREAMKEEPER is a story about the act of storytelling itself, where a man imparts tales of wisdom and self-discovery to his seventeen year old grandson, who is just coming into his own and seems to be getting in a heap of trouble.
A-Ha – Take On Me
This video for A-Ha won Steve best director at the 1986 MTV awards
Micheal Jackson – Billie Jean
Steve’s video for the classic Michael Jackson song.
Money For Nothing
Don’t You Want Me
The classic Human League video.
ZZ Top – Rough Boy
God Thank You Woman
The Sun Always Shines on TV
Dire Straits – Calling Elvis
A-Ha – Crying in the Rain
A video Steve directed for Dire Straits.
VH1 Special Preview
This Is Nursing
This Is Nursing is a video Steve made for the Royal College of Nursing for their awareness outreach. It celebrates the life and work of Nurses, and was produced by Silverfish Media
Skillset – ‘Pick the Tick’
- 03/09/2013Jim Henson’s Red Book
- 21/02/2013Interview With The Argus
- 21/02/2013FilmInk Interview
- 21/11/2012Weekly Score Interview
- 13/06/2012Inspired by Mike Bassett
- 13/09/2010Piers Morgan Wants Bassett For England
- 29/10/2012Mike Bassett: Prime Minister
- 19/07/2012Treasure Island Emmy Nominations
- 19/06/2012Child at heart
- 16/02/2012SMART URBAN STAGE
Jim Henson’s Red Book
A description of Steve’s working partnership with Jim Henson, from the diaries he called his Red Book.
Steve Barron started in films as a camera assistant on epic productions such as Richard Donner’s ‘Superman’, Richard Attenborough’s ‘A Bridge Too Far’ and Ridley Scott’s ‘The Duellist’s’. He began directing music videos in the early eighties for The Jam, Human League, and Adam & the Ants, his work helping to inspire the formation of MTV. In 1982 he conceived and directed the award winning ‘Billie-Jean’ – the first single of Michael Jackson’s incredible ‘Thriller’ album. More seminal videos followed. Dire Straits’ ‘Money for Nothing’ won Best Video at the 1986 MTV Awards and A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’ was awarded Best Director.
Steve’s first feature film ‘Electric Dreams’ starring Virginia Madsen, was released worldwide in 1984.
In 1987 his foray into network television won an Emmy for ‘Hans My Hedgehog’ – the ‘Storyteller’ pilot for NBC. The second show ‘Fearnot’ gained immense critical acclaim after broadcast in 1987, while a third, ‘Sapsorrow’, broadcast in 1988, was similarly revered. The Washington Post said of ‘Fearnot’ – This fantasy turns the television screen into Alice’s looking glass, Snow White’s magic mirror and The Thief of Baghdad’s all-seeing eye. It is so seductively imaginative that you can almost feel it pulling you into a bottomless tube.
In 1990 Steve’s second feature stunned the movie industry by becoming the first independent feature to break the 100 million-dollar theatrical barrier in the U.S. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ grossed over 350 million dollars worldwide. A Grammy nomination followed for Dire Straits’ ‘Calling Elvis’ and the Billboard Best Director award for Natalie Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’ duet with her father, which reached No.1 across the world, selling over 12 million albums on the way.
In the mid-nineties Steve directed the Dan Ackroyd feature ‘Coneheads’ for Paramount and he was Executive Producer on the Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone picture ‘The Specialist’, and the highly successful ‘While You Were Sleeping’ starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. He was also Executive Producer on ‘ReBoot’, the first fully computer animated network series.
In 1996 he directed ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’, starring Oscar winner Martin Landau and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Alexander Walker said in the London Evening Standard ‘Director Steve Barron’s blend of human stars with the eponymous animatronic wooden hero has produced an amazing movie rooted in timeless fairyland but incorporating state-of-the-art wizardry…. The inventiveness lasts through the fable: it really is something to goggle at, whatever your age.’ Responses across the Atlantic in the U.S. were equally warm. The Washington Post wrote of the film, ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ evokes the look and language of traditional European picture book tales, and does so with so much charm that it offers a fresh new delight, not just a pale live-action imitation, of the Disney animated classic.’
In autumn 1998, Steve directed ‘Merlin’, a $30 million television mega-series produced by Hallmark for NBC in America. Merlin attracted a stella cast including Sam Neill, Helena Bonham-Carter, Miranda Richardson, Isabella Rossellini, Martin Short, Alan Bates, Sir John Geilguid and Rutger Hauer. In the US alone 58 million people tuned in to watch ‘Merlin’ and the critical reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Entertainment Weekly wrote… Merlin cast a new spell on history posting the highest ratings in adults 18-49 since 1984… the result is nothing less than an instant classic – a four -hour TV movie that deserves to be shown annually, the way it used to be a tradition to broadcast ‘The Wizard of Oz’ every year. It’s that good – that scary, that rich, that much fun. ‘Merlin’ was nominated for 15 Emmy’s, 4 Golden Globes and a DGA nod for outstanding Directing.
In 1999 Steve completed ‘Arabian Nights’, this time for the ABC network in America. Photographed in Turkey and Morocco its stars include Alan Bates, Jason Scott Lee, John Leguizamo, Dougray Scott and Rufus Sewell. The show aired to rave notices on ABC TV in the USA and BBC1 in the UK simultaneously, earning 5 more Emmy and a US National Television Critics nomination.
In October 2000 the Universal movie ‘Rat’ had it’s theatrical premiere in Dublin. This dark comedy, co-produced and directed by Steve Barron, is the bizarre story of a Dublin man who comes home from the pub one day ‘not feeling very well’ and turns into a rat. Starring Imelda Staunton and Pete Postlethwaite the Irish press greeted the film with an ecstatic response. Brian Reddin of the Dublin Evening Herald said – To miss this superb surreal comedy would be to miss one of the greatest Irish films ever made and perhaps the funniest.
Steve’s next comedy was ‘Mike Bassett-England Manager’ a spoof documentary feature film starring Ricky Tomlinson as the national soccer coach. The film had a wide UK theatrical release in November 2001, through the government funded Film Council and Entertainment distributors, taking $6m and charting at number three in it’s first four weeks.
Next was a $24m American Indian mini-series epic for ABC and Hallmark. ‘Dreamkeeper’ is the first big scale attempt to bring to life the myth’s and legends of the Native American people. Tribes all across the United States were consulted and ninety-five speaking roles all cast with Native people. The production won Steve a Gold for Directorial Achievement at the Chicago International TV Festival and an Emmy for best visual effects.
In 2005 Steve wrote and directed the New York based independent feature film ‘Choking Man’ starring Mandy Patinkin and Aaron Paul. The contemporary feature follows the fortunes of an acutely shy Ecuadorian dishwasher. Set in an old traditional diner in Jamaica, Queens the movie’s backdrop is the largest, most diverse immigrant population in North America.
Steve was presented with an ‘Outstanding Achievement in Music Videos’ award at the Hammersmith Palais in London. 2007 also brought a prestigious Gotham Award for his first original screenplay Choking Man. Through these years Steve Exec-Produced two feature documentaries for ‘Peace One Day’ and ‘The Day After Peace’ with Jude Law and Angelina Jolie, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and Cannes respectively. The film charts Jeremy Gilley’s incredible journey to create a day of peace in the world calendar.
2009 Steve directed the Sci-Fi internet sensation Slingers, starring Sean Pertwee, with visual effects by the acclaimed company he was a founder of, Framestore. 2011 he Directed the miniseries Treasure Island, for Sky and SyFy, starring Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. Filmed in Dublin and Puerto Rico Steve kept up his unbroken Emmy Nomination sequence for television with two more Emmy nods.
Steve has recently completed the Artificial Intelligence thriller mini-series for Sonar Productions ‘Delete’ for release worldwide in 2013. Through Riley Productions he has signed a development deal with the British Film Institute to make a sequel to his now cult ‘Mike Bassett’ movie.
THE DAY AFTER PEACE
Director, Producer, Writer
PEACE ONE DAY
MIKE BASSETT: ENGLAND MANAGER
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
THE STORY TELLER
- Hans My Hedgehog
Gotham Award for CHOKING MAN
Outstanding Achievement in Music Videos -
CADS in association with MTV
Nominated, Saturn Award Best Television Presentation, DREAMKEEPER
Won, Emmy Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, DREAMKEEPER
Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
Nominated, Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Long Form – Music, DREAMKEEPER
American Indian Film Festival Best Film for: DREAMKEEPER (2003) (TV)
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA DREAMKEEPER (2003) (TV)
‘MIKE BASSETT – ENGLAND MANAGER’
Nominated for Best British Film 2002 Empire Awards
Nominated, Saturn Award Best DVD Release.
Irish Film and Television Awards: RAT
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Casting Society of America, USA:
Won, Artios Best Casting for TV Miniseries’. ARABIAN NIGHTS
Emmy Awards: ARABIAN NIGHTS
Won, Emmy Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries,
Movie or a Special.
Nominated, Emmy Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
Nominated, Emmy Outstanding Miniseries.
Nominated, Emmy Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
Nominated, Emmy Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
Television Critics Association Awards.
Nominated, TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials. ARABIAN NIGHTS
Nominated, IFTA Award Best Screenplay Wesley Burrowes.
Nominated, IFTA Award Best Actress Imelda Staunton. ARABIAN NIGHTS
Nominated Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television for:
MERLIN (1998/II) (TV)
Nominated Emmy Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie for:
MERLIN (1998/II) (TV)
Won Gold Award Television and Cable Production for:
MERLIN (1998/II) (TV)
Gemini Awards Best Animated Program or Series for:
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