Barney is a multi-award-winning director, who has helmed over £50M of commercials. He has shot all over the world for clients including Lexus, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Deutsche Bahn and Credit Suisse (with Roger Federer). His work includes the ‘The Foundling’ for Philips/Adam&EveDDB, which won gold at the British Arrows.
Industry bible Campaign Magazine named his Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Falling’ one of the top 10 commercials of 2013, and it was honored at the 2014 AICE Awards in New York. Barney's commercials for NHS Scotland have won awards year on year, and his ongoing 45-spot campaign for CIC Bank was recently voted number 4 in the top 10 of all French campaigns.
Barney completed four new productions in May 2017. His next projects include a collaboration with the world’s most prestigious camera brand, Leica.
Barney’s work reflects his talent for cinematic storytelling, emotive expression and authenticity. "I'm drawn to projects where I get to create cinematic impact and deliver something powerfully human", he says.
Barney is the writer/director of ‘Night Dancing’ – a new short, which this month won Outstanding Achievement in Film-Making at the Newport Beach Film Festival. ‘Night Dancing’ was shortlisted for the 2017 BAFTAs, having world-premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. ‘Night Dancing’ was the joint highest-rated short on the TIFF app and went on to receive its US premiere at the Oscar-affiliated Aspen ShortsFest in April 2017.
His previous shorts as writer/director include the 3D stereoscopic, brand-funded film ‘The Foundling’, which won the Lumière Award – the top global award for 3D films – and was part of the award-winning Parallel Lines. One reviewer described it as “like David Lynch crossed with David Fincher”.
Barney also wrote and directed ‘Queen’s Park Story’, commissioned by the BBC, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and was described by The Observer as “the best British drama on television this year”.
His first short was ‘Tea’, which premiered at Sundance, where it was the shortest film selected. Other short film credits include ‘Be Good’ for US insurance brand Liberty Mutual.
Barney is attached to write and direct a bio-pic based on the memoirs of 1980s music video legend Steve Barron, and is developing a feature based on a cult short-story by the celebrated British author J.G. Ballard.
Barney lives in London. He was educated at Oxford and Princeton and trained at the BBC on their Production Trainee Scheme. He is a dual US/UK national.
Credit Suisse / Cash Point
Kaercher / Spring Cleaning
Macmillan / Falling
Lipton / Bite
Lexus / Perfect Moment
Tatra Beer / Horse
Yellow Pages / Meet The People
Night Dancing (Trailer)