UK-based Barney Cokeliss is the writer/director of ‘Night Dancing’ – a 6-minute short selected for the Short Cuts section of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
His previous shorts as writer/director include the 3D stereoscopic short ‘The Foundling’, which won the Lumière Award and was produced by Ridley Scott Associates. 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’ – also produced by Ridley Scott Associates.
Barney is a multi-award-winning, international commercials director, and has shot all over the world for clients including Lexus, Volkswagen, Crédit Suisse, Liberty Mutual, Peugeot, Toyota, and Yellow Pages.
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 UK commercials for the National Health Service 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 work reflects his talent for cinematic storytelling, emotive expression and authenticity. “I’m drawn to projects where I get to both create cinematic impact and deliver something powerfully human”, he says.
Barney is currently developing The Sound Sweep, a feature based on a cult short-story by the celebrated British author J.G. Ballard (Crash, Empire of the Sun, Highrise).
Barney is an accomplished photographer and has been published by Taschen America. A monograph will be published in 2017. His portrait subjects have included Jacques Derrida, John le Carré, Ravi Shankar and Gil Scott-Heron.
Barney lives in London. He was educated at Oxford and Princeton and trained at the BBC.