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Barry is an award-winning storyteller with a passion for human stories with heart. An experienced interviewer, his ability to put people at ease has gained a reputation for warm, compassionate filmmaking that emotionally connects with viewers. Today, he uses film, documentary photography and the written word to tell the stories that matter, wherever they are.
First trained as a molecular biologist and neuroscientist, Barry now inhabits an interdisciplinary space where he enjoys projects featuring the sciences, humanities or arts, with a particular passion for the places those areas intersect.
He made a series of 3 Minute Wonder films for Channel 4, themed around severe brain injury, 'Life After Coma'. He then went on to direct, film and edit eight short documentaries featuring comedian, Katherine Ryan, for a multi award-winning online fusion of genetics, drama, documentary and gaming, called Routes (Oil Productions, Channel 4 and The Wellcome Trust).
His web series about mental health, Last Chance Saloon, won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Toronto Webfest and his film about ageing, Until, won the Imagine Science Film Festival Nature People's Choice award. His latest indie documentary, The Gift, featuring the life and death of artist Barbara Bird, is the recipient of several awards.
His award-winning book, The Rough Guide to the Brain, was released by Penguin and today he enjoys a range of both factual and creative writing.
I’ve worked with a lot of film crews before and none of them match your extraordinary talent for
putting people at ease and bringing out the best in them for interview.