Independent filmmaker & Post-doctoral research scientist
Barry first trained as a molecular biologist and neuroscientist. Following a decade of research, he swapped the microscope for a camera to pursue the dream of writing and making films about science.
His award-winning book, The Rough Guide to the Brain, was first released by Penguin in 2007 (2nd edition, June 2012), winning him the short-lived accolade of ‘Dr Sex’ from the Sun newspaper and a mild look of disapproval from his wife. During this period of writing, he greatly expanded his experience of film making and editing. In 2009, he went on to make a series of 3 Minute Wonder’s - 'Life After Coma' and a film for 'Britain Recut' (Mosaic Films, Channel 4, British Film Institute 2009).
In 2009, he directed, filmed and edited eight short documentaries for Routes (Oil Productions, Channel 4 and The Wellcome Trust), a multi award-winning online fusion of genetics, drama, documentary and gaming. Since joining the Wellcome Trust in 2009, he has made well over 100 science documentaries, where he focuses on bringing warmth and humanity to science. He has no idea what the future holds and prefers it that way.
In 2011, Until, a short film about the science of ageing and the meaning of life won the Imagine Science Film Festival's People's Choice Award. In 2014, his web series, Last Chance Saloon, won the Outstanding Achievement Award at Toronto's TOWebFest.
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