Barney is an experienced documentary and factual shooting director/producer who has made a diverse range of evening and prime time films in series or one-offs for BBC1, 2, 3, C4, C5, Sky and Discovery. A sensitive story teller looking for the humanity in situations but alive to the humour, he's good at working with all kinds of people and subjects. He has a Fine Art background and was drawn initially to observational documentaries - which he still loves but now also works with presenters across genres. Most of his films are self-shot but he also directs crews.
His work includes the RTS and BAFTA nominated gut-churning high seas drama Trawlermen (BBC1), Can't Take it With You (BBC2) about the complexities of making wills ('it's not an obvious subject for a six part tv series, but it's fabulous: emotional, thought-provoking, fraught' The Guardian). Recent work includes Doctor in the House (BBC1) about Dr Rangan Chatterjee's efforts to relieve people of chronic medical conditions and BBC2's The Extraordinary Collector about art dealer Gordon Watson's adventures with artists and wealthy collectors.
The other strand to Barney's output is his crop of self-generated indie documentaries seeking the poetry and warmth in people with singular and unusual missions. 'Where Has Eternity Gone?' screened at Slamdance, The Edinburgh Film Festival and many more ('an alternately sad and hilarious venture into middle America's eccentric underbelly...49 riveting minutes', Scott Foundas, Variety). Recent films include a Black Country 'Banksy' story showing at Open City Docs and others, plus a new film about an undiscovered psychedelic theme park and sculpture garden.