Barry Hutchison

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Not to be confused with Barry Hutchinson.

Barry Hutchison is a children's author, screenwriter and director, born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland.

He was just 8 years old when he decided he wanted to become a writer, but it wasn’t until Barry was 17 that he sold his first piece of written work. The dark comedy horror screenplay, Curse of the Bog Women, was picked up by a movie producer from New York.

In an attempt to raise money to help fund production a promotional website was created. The website took the form of a community site created by the 67 residents of Glen Lachart, the fictional village featured in the Bog Women script. With features including a weekly online newspaper, bustling forums and even a webcam in a local pub which allowed site visitors to buy real drinks for those in the bar, Glen Lachart Online quickly became one of the most popular sites in the UK, attracting a million visitors every month at its peak. Despite the success of the site, the movie didn't make it into production, and the rights to the screenplay reverted to Barry a few years ago.

Barry's second screenplay, Making a Killing, was optioned soon after by UK production company, Pilgrim Films, but once again no movie was ever produced.

Barry then began writing children's novels for Egmont Press under their 2Heads imprint, including books for the popular Beastly, Ben 10 and Ben 10 Alien Force series.

In October 2008 Barry signed a six-book deal with HarperCollins to publish his Invisible Fiends horror series for the 9+ age group. The first book – Mr Mumbles – is released on 4 February 2010 in the UK, with various other territories – including Canada, Germany and Australia – publishing the book soon afterwards.

In 2013, Barry wrote 36 episodes of the live action CITV comedy series, "Bottom Knocker Street" starring comedian Phill Jupitus.

Barry lives in Fort William in the Highlands with his partner and their two children,

Television Credits[edit]

  • Bottom Knocker Street (2013)

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