Barry JC Purves
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After a few years as an actor and in stage management, Barry moved into animation in early 1978, by joining Cosgrove Hall Productions in Manchester. Over the nine years he was there he was senior animator on various award winning puppet films such as The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and the long running The Wind in the Willows. Barry went on to direct two series of Wind in the Willows.
In 1986 Barry went freelance, animating on numerous commercials, pop promos, in America and Europe, as well as short sequences in films such as NeverEnding Story II.
In 1989, whilst working with Aardman Animation, Barry made his first film, Next.
In 1990, Barry formed Bare Boards with the producer Glenn Holberton. This company produced many commercials, as well as three more films, Screen Play, Rigoletto, and Achilles, which developed Barry's very distinct style, and reflect his love of the arts.
In 1995, Barry spent the year in Los Angeles as the original animation director of Tim Burton's Mars Attacks.
After more animation and teaching Barry made Gilbert & Sullivan - the very models in 1998, with producer Chris O'Hare.
Barry's last film was Hamilton Mattress, with producer Chris Moll. This film was shown on BBC tv over the christmas period 2001. The film reunited Barry with a character that was initially developed some 16 years ago. The film has won awards all round the world.
Barry's films have won over 60 major awards, including BAFTA and Oscar nominations, and have had retrospectives around the world, and been the subject of many articles and documentaries.
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