BARNABY THOMPSON

Head of Studio | Ealing Studios

Top credits: Wayne’s World 1 & 2’, ‘St. Trinian’s 1 & 2’, ‘Burke and Hare’.

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As Head of Studio, Barnaby oversees all areas of the Studios' activities, focusing primarily on the creative aspects of the group as well as actively producing a number of films each year. He has extensive experience in both television and film in the UK and in America, and he has produced 5 of the top 20 highest grossing British independent movies of all time in the UK.


Barnaby co-founded Fragile Films with Uri Fruchtmann in 1996. The first film produced by Fragile was the international hit, ‘Spiceworld’ starring the Spice Girls, Alan Cummings and Richard E Grant. In 2007, he produced and directed ‘St. Trinian’s’ (with Oliver Parker) which became the fourth biggest British movie of all time. Together with the 2009 sequel the ‘St. Trinian’s’ films, starring Rupert Everett and Gemma Arterton, have grossed over £20m at the UK Box Office alone.


Previously Barnaby had produced Parker’s ‘An Ideal Husband’ (1999) starring Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore, ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ (2002) starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench; ‘Fade To Black’ (2008) and ‘Dorian Gray’ (2009) starring Den Barnes and Colin Firth).


In 2000, he was Executive Producer with Tiger Aspect on mega hit, ‘Kevin And Perry Go Large’ starring Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke. In October 2010, Entertainment released ‘Burke And Hare’ starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, and directed by John Landis.


Barnaby is currently producing ‘What The Puck’ directed by Peter Cattaneo (‘The Full Monty’). They collaborated on ‘Lucky Break’ in 2001 and ‘Dear Rosie’ a short film which was nominated for both Academy and BAFTA awards.

 

Prior to founding Fragile Films, Barnaby worked in the USA as Vice President, Creative Affairs at Lorne Michaels' Broadway Pictures in New York and Los Angeles. During this time he co-produced ‘Waynes World 2’ with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, ‘Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy’, which was nominated for four Canadian Genies, ‘Coneheads’ starring Dan Ackroyd and ‘Tommy Boy’, starring Chris Farley. He was Associate Producer on ‘Wayne's World’. All these films were made for Paramount Pictures.

 

 

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