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Steve Barron is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Irlandais born on 4 may 1956 at Dublin (Irlande)

Steve Barron

Steve Barron
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Nationality Irlande
Birth 4 may 1956 (62 years) at Dublin (Irlande)

Steven "Steve" Barron (born 4 May 1956) is an Irish film director, film producer 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".

Biography

He was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of filmmaker Zelda Barron (1929–2006). He attended St. Marylebone Grammar School. He made his music video directorial debut in 1979 and directed many of the 1980s' most memorable music videos, including "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, and "Take on Me" by a-ha. Barron only made eight music videos in the early 90s and made his last music video in 1993 for David Bowie's "As the World Falls Down".

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 has also 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 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.

Barron's son, Oliver Barron, has appeared in three of his films.

Best films

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
(Director)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
(Executive Producer)
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
(Director)

Usually with

Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul
(1 films)
Sean Gilder
Sean Gilder
(2 films)
Nico Muhly
Nico Muhly
(1 films)
Keith Allen
Keith Allen
(2 films)
Eugenia Yuan
Eugenia Yuan
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Steve Barron (11 films)

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Director

Treasure Island (2012 TV miniseries), 3h
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Films about disabilities
Actors Toby Regbo, Eddie Izzard, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Mays, Philip Glenister, Donald Sutherland
Rating62% 3.148713.148713.148713.148713.14871
Young Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo) discovers a map to a legendary island of treasure belonging to the infamous Captain Flint (Donald Sutherland), and embarks on a journey abroad the ship Hispaniola to find it, however, the enigmatic Long John Silver (Eddie Izzard) and crew have other plans.
Choking Man, 1h23
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Eugenia Yuan, Aaron Paul, Mandy Patinkin
Rating60% 3.002163.002163.002163.002163.00216
Choking Man is an intense blend of psychological drama and magical realism that encapsulates the contemporary immigrant experience in America. Jorge (Octavio Gómez Berríos) is a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher toiling away in a shabby Jamaica, Queens, New York diner run by Rick (Mandy Patinkin). He works all day long in the shadow of the ever-present Heimlich Maneuver instruction poster which hangs in the diner kitchen. From his solitary kitchen corner, Jorge gropes mutely for a bond with Amy (Eugenia Yuan), the newly hired Chinese waitress and even though she tries to reciprocate, the gulf that separates them may be too large. On the job he is continually tormented by his coworker Jerry (Aaron Paul) and at home in his Harlem boarding, under the psychological control of his late uncle, who was truly like a father to him. His uncle was described as being the only caring person in Jorge's life. He battles his inner demons. Set in the vicinity of JFK airport, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the world, Choking Man captures the feeling of claustrophobia and almost literal asphyxiation newcomers to America experience as they struggle to find a place and purpose in this strange land.
Dreamkeeper, 2h54
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Actors Eddie Spears, August Schellenberg, George Aguilar, Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, Nathaniel Arcand, Gil Birmingham
Rating77% 3.889683.889683.889683.889683.88968
The film opens with Eagle Boy, a young man who is on a vision quest. It then cuts to the present, where a 17-year-old Lakota named Shane Chasing Horse is living on the Pine Ridge reservation. He is in trouble because he owes some money to a local gang—money he used to buy a beautiful ring for Mae Little Wounded, a girl he likes. Meanwhile, his mother asks him to drive his grandfather, Pete Chasing Horse, a storyteller, down to the powwow. Shane is reluctant. However, when the gang comes after him, Shane changes his mind and heads out to the powwow with his grandfather, who agrees to give him his truck once they reach the powwow. Grandfather tells Shane the story of a young Lakota man who tries to win the hand of Bluebird Woman. He also tells the story of how a thunder spirit falls in love with a Mohawk woman and brings her up into the ethereal world of Sky Woman, and of how she raised their son back in her village until he was struck by one of the villagers and brought back to live with his father.
Rat
Rat (2001)
, 1h28
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Imelda Staunton, Pete Postlethwaite, Frank Kelly, Ed Byrne, Geoffrey Palmer, Kerry Condon
Rating60% 3.001773.001773.001773.001773.00177
After his usual night of drinking at the local pub, Hubert Flynn (Pete Postlethwaite) returns home and transforms into a rat. Hubert's family each have different views on him now that he became a rodent. His wife Conchita (Imelda Staunton) thinks that this change is supposed to be a lesson to Hubert and that the reason he transformed is his own fault. Their son Pius (Andrew Lovern), destined for a religious life, feels that because his father is now an animal, his family should kill him. Their daughter Marietta (Kerry Condon) feels that the rat is still her father and that they should treat him with love and respect.
Mike Bassett: England Manager, 1h29
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Association football films
Actors Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Bradley Walsh, Philip Jackson, Dean Lennox Kelly, Robbie Gee
Rating68% 3.449043.449043.449043.449043.44904
England manager Phil Cope suffers a heart attack during qualification for the World Cup, which started out well but has gone badly wrong of late. The FA heads meet to decide who should be the new England manager, but soon run into trouble. The most successful Premier League manager is Scottish (based on Sir Alex Ferguson), the second most successful is a former England captain who is interested in the job, but the FA decide that he is too much of a "loudmouth" and refuse to consider him (a reference to the numerous times Brian Clough was passed over for the England job), while none of the other English managers in the Premiership are interested. They are forced to look to Division One, and Bassett, who has just won the Mr Clutch Cup with Norwich City.
Arabian Nights (TV miniseries), 2h55
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Historical
Actors Mili Avital, Dougray Scott, Jason Scott Lee, Alan Bates, James Frain, James Callis
Rating70% 3.534213.534213.534213.534213.53421
The series starts in Baghdad at an undetermined time (since the story teller seems to live during the 8th century, but the stories that are told take place during the era of muskets, Englishmen, and queue-era Chinese hairstyles, which means they take place in the 17th century at the earliest). The Sultan Shahryar (Dougray Scott) has gone mad after accidentally killing his treacherous wife during a failed coup d'état, which she had planned with Shahryar's brother Schahzenan (James Frain). In his madness, Shahryar believes that all women now want to kill him, but the law states that the Sultan must be married again or the throne will be passed to his brother. Shahryar therefore orders Grand Vizier Ja'Far (Jim Carter) to bring him one of his concubines from the harem to marry and then have executed the next day.
The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1h36
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Prison films, Adaptations de Pinocchio, Films about toys, Children's films
Actors Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Martin Landau, Geneviève Bujold, Udo Kier, Bebe Neuwirth, Rob Schneider
Rating52% 2.6491652.6491652.6491652.6491652.649165
Mister Geppetto (Martin Landau) is an earnest woodcutter. Years ago, he carved the image of his heart into a pine tree for his secret love Leona (Geneviève Bujold), but lightning hit the pine tree. A few years later, Geppetto finds the pine tree again, but it splits in half and rolls down the bank, landing at his feet. Geppetto is intrigued upon his discovery and takes the log home. He discovers that the pine log refuses to be burned, and so he decides to carve the new puppet with it. His puppet named Pinocchio (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is soon mysteriously animated by a somewhat sentient force after his creation. Pinocchio approaches the woodcutter, initially alarming him. After a chase throughout the town, Geppetto finally finds Pinocchio and starts teaching him about how to behave. While wandering through town, Pinocchio becomes involved with two thieves Volpe and Felinet (Rob Schneider and Bebe Neuwirth) who attempt to flatter Pinocchio. Geppetto comes to the rescue by getting Pinocchio away from Volpe and Felinet and warns Pinocchio to mix with the right people. Volpe and Felinet go to the puppet master Lorenzini (Udo Kier) who owns a luxurious puppet theatre. Felinet tells him about Pinocchio, and Lorenzini appears interested, so he visits Geppetto that afternoon to barter for Pinocchio. However, although Pinocchio is somewhat taken to Lorenzini, Geppetto refuses to sell Pinocchio and instead sells some of his own marionettes.
Coneheads
Coneheads (1993)
, 1h28
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Adventure, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Comedy science fiction films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Michelle Burke, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael McKean, David Spade
Rating52% 2.6490052.6490052.6490052.6490052.649005
Upon discovering a UFO in American airspace, the National Guard sends fighter jets to investigate, and they fire on the craft when it doesn't respond. Belatedly activating a cloaking device too late, the spaceship crashes into the Atlantic ocean, near land. The aliens aboard, Beldar Clorhone and his life-mate Prymaat, survive and quickly adapt to our human way of life, despite standing out with their conical shaped heads. Beldar gets work as an appliance repairman, and when his grateful boss Otto discovers that Beldar has no documentation, he arranges for a false identity, which sends up a red flag that quickly alerts the INS. Meanwhile, after communicating with their world (Remulak) and discovering that a rescue vessel will not arrive for seven "Zurls" (many years), Prymaat informs Beldar that she is pregnant. They now need to completely adapt and safely blend in in order to raise their child among humans. Ambitious INS agent Gorman Seedling and his assistant Eli attempt to capture Beldar and Prymaat, but they are able to elude the two agents.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1h33
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Comedy science fiction films, Martial arts films, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Mise en scène d'une tortue, Superhero films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Reptile
Actors Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, James Saito, Leif Tilden, Sam Rockwell
Rating67% 3.3985153.3985153.3985153.3985153.398515
As a crime wave rises in New York City, Channel 3 news reporter April O'Neil talks about rumors of young children and teenagers being reported as the majority of the thieves, connecting it to a rumored Foot Clan, which originated in Japan. On an ordinary night, she comes across thieves stealing from a news van and is attacked. She is rescued and one of her rescuers leaves behind a sai as police arrive to collect the beaten criminals. In the storm sewers, four anthropomorphic turtles return to their underground home and meet with their master Splinter, who advises them to remain hidden from the world and work only in the shadow. Raphael admits he lost his weapon, and when the others order pizza he leaves in disguise to see a movie. After leaving the movie, he encounters Casey Jones who tries to exact justice on a pair of muggers by beating them with sporting implements. After a brief stand off between the two, Casey takes off into the city and Raphael loses his temper. Returning home, Splinter confronts Raph about his temper.
Electric Dreams, 1h35
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about computing, Comedy science fiction films
Actors Lenny Von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Maxwell Caulfield, Bud Cort, Giorgio Moroder, Miriam Margolyes
Rating64% 3.2487653.2487653.2487653.2487653.248765
Miles Harding is an architect who envisions a brick shaped like a jigsaw puzzle piece that could enable buildings to withstand earthquakes. Seeking a way to get organized, he buys a personal computer to help him develop his ideas. Although he is initially unsure that he will even be able to correctly operate the computer, he later buys numerous extra gadgets that were not necessary for his work, such as switches to control household appliances like the blender, a speech synthesizer, and a microphone. The computer addresses Miles as "Moles", because Miles mistyped his name during the initial set-up. When Miles attempts to download data from a mainframe computer at work, the computer begins to overheat. In a state of panic, Miles pours a nearby bottle of champagne over the machine, which then becomes sentient.

Scriptwriter

Choking Man, 1h23
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Eugenia Yuan, Aaron Paul, Mandy Patinkin
Rating60% 3.002163.002163.002163.002163.00216
Choking Man is an intense blend of psychological drama and magical realism that encapsulates the contemporary immigrant experience in America. Jorge (Octavio Gómez Berríos) is a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher toiling away in a shabby Jamaica, Queens, New York diner run by Rick (Mandy Patinkin). He works all day long in the shadow of the ever-present Heimlich Maneuver instruction poster which hangs in the diner kitchen. From his solitary kitchen corner, Jorge gropes mutely for a bond with Amy (Eugenia Yuan), the newly hired Chinese waitress and even though she tries to reciprocate, the gulf that separates them may be too large. On the job he is continually tormented by his coworker Jerry (Aaron Paul) and at home in his Harlem boarding, under the psychological control of his late uncle, who was truly like a father to him. His uncle was described as being the only caring person in Jorge's life. He battles his inner demons. Set in the vicinity of JFK airport, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the world, Choking Man captures the feeling of claustrophobia and almost literal asphyxiation newcomers to America experience as they struggle to find a place and purpose in this strange land.
The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1h36
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Prison films, Adaptations de Pinocchio, Films about toys, Children's films
Actors Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Martin Landau, Geneviève Bujold, Udo Kier, Bebe Neuwirth, Rob Schneider
Rating52% 2.6491652.6491652.6491652.6491652.649165
Mister Geppetto (Martin Landau) is an earnest woodcutter. Years ago, he carved the image of his heart into a pine tree for his secret love Leona (Geneviève Bujold), but lightning hit the pine tree. A few years later, Geppetto finds the pine tree again, but it splits in half and rolls down the bank, landing at his feet. Geppetto is intrigued upon his discovery and takes the log home. He discovers that the pine log refuses to be burned, and so he decides to carve the new puppet with it. His puppet named Pinocchio (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is soon mysteriously animated by a somewhat sentient force after his creation. Pinocchio approaches the woodcutter, initially alarming him. After a chase throughout the town, Geppetto finally finds Pinocchio and starts teaching him about how to behave. While wandering through town, Pinocchio becomes involved with two thieves Volpe and Felinet (Rob Schneider and Bebe Neuwirth) who attempt to flatter Pinocchio. Geppetto comes to the rescue by getting Pinocchio away from Volpe and Felinet and warns Pinocchio to mix with the right people. Volpe and Felinet go to the puppet master Lorenzini (Udo Kier) who owns a luxurious puppet theatre. Felinet tells him about Pinocchio, and Lorenzini appears interested, so he visits Geppetto that afternoon to barter for Pinocchio. However, although Pinocchio is somewhat taken to Lorenzini, Geppetto refuses to sell Pinocchio and instead sells some of his own marionettes.

Producer

Choking Man, 1h23
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Eugenia Yuan, Aaron Paul, Mandy Patinkin
Roles Producer
Rating60% 3.002163.002163.002163.002163.00216
Choking Man is an intense blend of psychological drama and magical realism that encapsulates the contemporary immigrant experience in America. Jorge (Octavio Gómez Berríos) is a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher toiling away in a shabby Jamaica, Queens, New York diner run by Rick (Mandy Patinkin). He works all day long in the shadow of the ever-present Heimlich Maneuver instruction poster which hangs in the diner kitchen. From his solitary kitchen corner, Jorge gropes mutely for a bond with Amy (Eugenia Yuan), the newly hired Chinese waitress and even though she tries to reciprocate, the gulf that separates them may be too large. On the job he is continually tormented by his coworker Jerry (Aaron Paul) and at home in his Harlem boarding, under the psychological control of his late uncle, who was truly like a father to him. His uncle was described as being the only caring person in Jorge's life. He battles his inner demons. Set in the vicinity of JFK airport, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the world, Choking Man captures the feeling of claustrophobia and almost literal asphyxiation newcomers to America experience as they struggle to find a place and purpose in this strange land.
Rat
Rat (2001)
, 1h28
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Imelda Staunton, Pete Postlethwaite, Frank Kelly, Ed Byrne, Geoffrey Palmer, Kerry Condon
Roles Producer
Rating60% 3.001773.001773.001773.001773.00177
After his usual night of drinking at the local pub, Hubert Flynn (Pete Postlethwaite) returns home and transforms into a rat. Hubert's family each have different views on him now that he became a rodent. His wife Conchita (Imelda Staunton) thinks that this change is supposed to be a lesson to Hubert and that the reason he transformed is his own fault. Their son Pius (Andrew Lovern), destined for a religious life, feels that because his father is now an animal, his family should kill him. Their daughter Marietta (Kerry Condon) feels that the rat is still her father and that they should treat him with love and respect.
Mike Bassett: England Manager, 1h29
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Association football films
Actors Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Bradley Walsh, Philip Jackson, Dean Lennox Kelly, Robbie Gee
Roles Producer
Rating68% 3.449043.449043.449043.449043.44904
England manager Phil Cope suffers a heart attack during qualification for the World Cup, which started out well but has gone badly wrong of late. The FA heads meet to decide who should be the new England manager, but soon run into trouble. The most successful Premier League manager is Scottish (based on Sir Alex Ferguson), the second most successful is a former England captain who is interested in the job, but the FA decide that he is too much of a "loudmouth" and refuse to consider him (a reference to the numerous times Brian Clough was passed over for the England job), while none of the other English managers in the Premiership are interested. They are forced to look to Division One, and Bassett, who has just won the Mr Clutch Cup with Norwich City.