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Barry first trained as a molecular biologist and neuroscientist, during which time he obtained a PhD. Following a decade of research, he swapped the microscope for a camera to pursue his love of making films about the sciences, humanities, art and the places those areas intersect.
In 2009, he made a series of 3 Minute Wonder films for Channel 4, themed around severe brain injury, 'Life After Coma', and a film for the BFI's experimental film project, 'Britain Recut' (Mosaic Films, Channel 4, British Film Institute). 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).
During his time as a filmmaker for Wellcome, Barry's creative approach played a significant role in advancing the organisation's film, video and podcast output for both Wellcome and its sister publication, Mosaic. He made more than 100 science documentaries for Wellcome, where he focused on bringing warmth and humanity to the great science and interdisciplinary work it supports.
His web series about mental health, Last Chance Saloon, won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 Toronto Webfest and his film about ageing, Until, won the Imagine Science Film Festival Nature People's Choice award in 2011. His current indie documentary, The Gift (2020), featuring the life and death of artist Barbara Bird, is the recipient of several awards.
In addition to filmmaking, Barry enjoys writing and his award-winning book, The Rough Guide to the Brain, was first released by Penguin in 2007 (2nd edition, June 2012)
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.