Barney is a multi-award-winning director, who has shot all over the world for clients including Lexus, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Budweiser, Deutsche Bahn and Credit Suisse (with Roger Federer).
His work includes the The Foundling for Philips/Adam&EveDDB, which took gold at the British Arrows and won the shorts category of the Lumière Award – the top global award for 3D film-making, alongside work by Wim Wenders, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. One reviewer described it as “like David Lynch crossed with David Fincher”.
Campaign Magazine named Barney’s Macmillan Cancer Support Falling one of the top 10 commercials of the year, and it was honored at the 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’s next projects include a commercial for the world’s most prestigious camera brand, Leica. UK agencies he has shot for include AMV, BBH, CHI, DDB, Fold7, HMDG, Lowe, Union, WCRS, WTCS and VCCP .
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 summer 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 Toronto International Film Festival. It 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.
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.
He lives in London, was educated at Oxford and Princeton and trained at the BBC on their Production Trainee Scheme.