Ian Barnes

Writer and Director for Film and Television

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Ian Barnes is an Oscar nominated director and writer who has worked across drama and comedy for all of the major channels. His short film Wish143 was nominated for an Oscar at the 83rd Academy Awards as well as winning at Palm Springs, Rushes Soho Shorts and The British Independent Film Festival.  

His most recent work has included three episodes of the hugely popular Channel 4 drama Skins for Company Pictures, the Tiger Aspect/SKY comedy Mount Pleasant which received an RTS nomination in 2014 and 2nd unit director on the feature Molly Moon for Amber Entertainment. 

Ian’s past work on Casualty has also been nominated for two television BAFTAs.

Ian is working on his debut feature Cherry as writer/director and he is also developing a half hour comedy called Prepper.



Director & Producer

Wish 143
* OSCAR NOMINATION 2011 Best short film British Independent Film Festival 2010, Best short film audience award Palm Springs Shortfest 2010, Best film long form award London Rushes Film Festival 2010, Best short film CannesVan d’or 2011. Official selection Encounters Film Festival Bristol, Foyle Ireland, New York United, Jerusalem
Writer Tom Bidwell
BBC Film Network and Lighthouse
35mm Short Film

* Finalist Rushes Sohoshorts 2012, Official Selection Palm Springs FilmFest
Writer Jason Sutton
Swing&Shift Films




Director of multiple episodes across five seasons of the Sky Living comedy drama series 

Tiger Aspect Productions for Sky Living
3 x 50'
Company Pictures for E4
Company Pictures for ITV2
Shed for BBC One
* BAFTA nominated episode 2010 ‘And Then There Were Three’ * BAFTA nominated episode 2009 ‘Sex And Death’
18 x 60
BBC for BBC One
BBC for BBC One
BBC for BBC One
BBC for BBC One
2 x 60'
BBC for BBC One
Holby City
2 x 60'
BBC for BBC One
BBC for BBC3
3 x 30'
BBC for BBC One

Director & Producer

Follow ups series to the box office success ‘Touching The Void’
2 x 50'
Discovery USA for Channel 4
Discovery USA for Channel 4