Born in Dublin, Steve Barron started in films as a camera assistant on epic productions such as Richard Donner’s Superman, Richard Attenborough’s A Bridge Too Far and Ridley Scott’s The Duelist.
A pioneer of the music video industry, Steve got his start directing such influential bands as the The Jam, Human League, and Adam and the Ants. Eventually, he would go on to direct some of the most popular videos in history, including ‘Billie-Jean’ by Michael Jackson, ‘Money for Nothing’ by Dire Straits’ and A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me.’
His first feature film Electric Dreams was released in 1984 which he followed with a number of years directing television in the US and UK. Steve’s second feature stunned the movie industry by becoming the first independent feature to break the 100 million-dollar theatrical barrier in the US: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In 1993 Steve directed the Dan Ackroyd feature Coneheads for Paramount and was Executive Producer on the Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone picture The Specialist, as well as the highly successful While You Were Sleeping.
In 1998, Steve directed “Merlin,” a $30 million television mini-series produced by Hallmark for NBC in America. "Merlin" attracted a great cast including Sam Neill, Helena Bonham-Carter, Miranda Richardson, Isabella Rossellini, Martin Short and Rutger Hauer. Following the mini-series, Steve went on to direct “Arabian Nights” on ABC network. Photographed in Turkey and Morocco, it stars Mili Avital, Alan Bates, Jason Scott Lee, John Leguizamo and Rufus Sewell. This project brought Steve 5 more Emmy nominations and a US national television critics nomination.
In 2002, Steve shot an American Indian mini-series epic for ABC and Hallmark. ‘Dreamkeeper’ is the first high-profile, big scale attempt to bring to life the myth’s and legends of the Native American people. Tribes all across the United States were consulted and ninety-five speaking roles all cast with Native people. The production won Steve a Gold Award for directorial achievement at the Chicago International TV Festival and an Emmy for best visual effects.
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