Steve Barron

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Steven Barron
Steve Barron and Eddie Izzard.jpg
Barron with Eddie Izzard, on the set of Treasure Island, in 2011
Born (1956-05-04) 4 May 1956 (age 62)
Dublin, Ireland
Education St Marylebone Grammar School
Occupation Film director, film producer, music video director, writer, assistant cameraman
Years active 1979–present

Steven Barron (born 4 May 1956)[1] is an Irish film director, film producer, writer, and music video director. He is best known for directing the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993) and the innovative music videos for a-ha's "Take on Me" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".

Early life[edit]

Barron was born in Dublin, Ireland, the younger child of filmmaker Zelda Ruth (née Solomons) Barron (1929–2006)[2] and actor Ron Barron, who met in London. Zelda and Ron married in 1953; the marriage was later dissolved. His mother was a Manchester-born filmmaker. He has an older sister, Siobhan.[2] He attended St Marylebone Grammar School in London.

Career[edit]

Barron made his music video directorial debut in 1979 with 'Time For Action' by Secret Affair and their following hit singles 'My World' and 'Sound Of Confusion' and directed, and occasionally wrote additional treatment,[3] various music videos, including "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, and "Take on Me" by a-ha.

In 1984, he directed the science fiction comedy Electric Dreams, and then went on to direct several episodes of the television series The Storyteller before returning to film, directing the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990, The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1996, Rat in 2000 and Mike Bassett: England Manager in 2001. Barron directed several award-winning miniseries, such as Merlin (1998), Arabian Nights (2000) and Dreamkeeper (2003) for Hallmark Entertainment. In July 2010 it was revealed that Barron would make a return to music videos, directing the then-final video of a-ha, "Butterfly, Butterfly".

In late 2011, Barron's two-part production of Treasure Island was shown on British Sky television. The cast included Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver and Elijah Wood as Ben Gunn.[4]

Literature[edit]

In November 2014, he published his autobiography entitled Egg n Chips & Billie Jean: A Trip Through the Eighties.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Writer Assistant
cameraman
Notes
1976 Trauma Yes
1977 The Duellists Yes
A Bridge Too Far Yes
1978 Superman Yes Uncredited
1984 Electric Dreams Yes
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Yes
1993 Coneheads Yes
1994 The Specialist Yes Executive producer
1995 While You Were Sleeping Yes
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Yes Yes
2000 Rat Yes Yes
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Yes Yes
2004 Peace One Day Yes Documentary
Executive producer
2006 Choking Man Yes Yes Yes
2008 The Day After Peace Yes Co-producer
2016 Brahman Naman Yes

Television[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Notes
1987-1988 The Storyteller Yes Episodes: "Hans My Hedgehog"
"Fearnot"
"Sapsorrow"
1994-2001 ReBoot Yes Executive producer
1998 Merlin Yes TV mini-series
2000 Arabian Nights Yes
2003 Dreamkeeper Yes TV movie
2005 Mike Bassett: Manager Yes Executive producer
2010 The Road Ahead Yes TV movie
2012 Treasure Island Yes TV miniseries
2013 Delete Yes Yes TV miniseries
Executive producer
2016-2017 The Durrells in Corfu Yes

Music videos[edit]

Some of the notable music videos Barron directed include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Barron Discography at Discogs". Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Simon Relph (12 September 2006). "Obituary: Zelda Barron". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "mvdbase.com - index = Steve Barron Profile". Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ Rose, Steve, "Elijah Wood: 'I was thrilled to play Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit'", The Guardian, 22 December 2011; retrieved 25 December 2011.
  5. ^ Hawksley, R. "'Michael Jackson? I was more excited about The Human League!'", Telegraph.co.uk, 27 November 2014; retrieved 28 November 2014.

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