The Info List - Steve Barron

Steven "Steve" Barron (born May 4, 1956)[1] is an Irish film director, film producer, writer, 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".


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Literature

3 Filmography

3.1 Film 3.2 Television 3.3 Music videos

4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Barron was born in Dublin, Ireland, the younger child of filmmaker Zelda Ruth (née Solomons) Barron (1929–2006)[2] and actor Ron Barron, who met in London. Zelda and Ron married in 1953; the marriage was later dissolved. His mother was a Manchester-born filmmaker. He has an older sister, Siobhan.[2] He attended St Marylebone Grammar School in London. Career[edit] Barron made his music video directorial debut in 1979 with 'Time For Action' by Secret Affair and their following hit singles 'My World' and 'Sound Of Confusion' and directed, and occasionally wrote additional treatment,[3] various music videos, including "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, and "Take on Me" by a-ha. 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 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 then-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
Eddie Izzard
as Long John Silver
Long John Silver
and Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
as Ben Gunn.[4] Literature[edit] In November 2014, he published his autobiography entitled Egg n Chips & Billie Jean: A Trip Through the Eighties.[5] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Writer Assistant cameraman Notes

1976 Trauma


1977 The Duellists


A Bridge Too Far


1978 Superman

Yes Uncredited

1984 Electric Dreams Yes

1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Yes

1993 Coneheads Yes

1994 The Specialist


Executive producer

1995 While You Were Sleeping


1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Yes


2000 Rat Yes Yes

2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Yes Yes

2004 Peace One Day


Documentary Executive producer

2006 Choking Man Yes Yes Yes

2008 The Day After Peace



2016 Brahman Naman



Year Title Director Producer Notes

1987-1988 The Storyteller Yes

Episodes: "Hans My Hedgehog" "Fearnot" "Sapsorrow"

1994-2001 ReBoot

Yes Executive producer

1998 Merlin Yes

TV mini-series

2000 Arabian Nights Yes

2003 Dreamkeeper Yes

TV movie

2005 Mike Bassett: Manager

Yes Executive producer

2010 The Road Ahead Yes

TV movie

2012 Treasure Island Yes

TV miniseries

2013 Delete Yes Yes TV miniseries Executive producer

2016-2017 The Durrells
The Durrells
in Corfu Yes

Music videos[edit] Some of the notable music videos Barron directed include:

– "Take on Me" (1985), "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." (1985), "Hunting High and Low" (1986), "Cry Wolf" (1986), "Manhattan Skyline" (1987), "The Living Daylights" (1987), "Crying in the Rain" (1990), "Butterfly, Butterfly" (2010) Adam and the Ants
Adam and the Ants
– "Antmusic" (1980) Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
– "Cuts Like a Knife" (1983), "Run to You" (1984), "Heaven" (1985), "Summer of '69" (1985) Culture Club
Culture Club
– "God Thank You Woman" (1986) David Bowie
David Bowie
– "As the World Falls Down" (1986) "Underground" (1986) Def Leppard
Def Leppard
– "Let's Get Rocked" (1992) Dire Straits
Dire Straits
– "Money for Nothing" (1985), "Calling Elvis" (1990), "Heavy Fuel" (1991) Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
– "Potential New Boyfriend" (1983) Eddy Grant
Eddy Grant
– "Electric Avenue" (1982), "I Don't Wanna Dance" (1982), "Living on the Front Line" (1983) Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
– "Hold Me" (1982) Fun Boy Three
Fun Boy Three
– "It Ain't What You Do...." (1982) Heaven 17
Heaven 17
– "Penthouse and Pavement" (1981), "Let Me Go" (1982) The Human League
The Human League
– "Don't You Want Me" (1981), "Love Action" (1981), "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" (1983) The Jam
The Jam
– "Strangetown" (1978), "When You're Young" (1979), "Going Underground" (1979), "Dreams of Children" (1979) Joe Jackson – "Steppin' Out" (1982), "Real Men" (1982), "Breaking Us in Two" (1982) Madonna – "Burning Up" (1983) Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
– "Billie Jean" (1983) Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
& Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
– "Unforgettable" (1991) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
– "Maid of Orleans" (1982) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
– "Pretty Little Head" (1986) Secret Affair – "Time for Action" (1979), "My World" (1980), "Sound of Confusion" (1980) Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton
- "For Your Eyes Only" (1981)", "Telephone" (1983) Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– "Promised You a Miracle" (1982) The Skids
The Skids
- "Iona" (1981) Styx – "Haven't We Been Here Before" (1983) Supertramp
– "Cannonball" (1985), "Better Days" (1986) Tears for Fears
Tears for Fears
– "Pale Shelter" (1983) Toto – "Africa" (1982), "Rosanna" (1982) ZZ Top
ZZ Top
– "Rough Boy" (1986), "Sleeping Bag" (1986)


^ " Steve Barron
Steve Barron
Discography at Discogs". Retrieved October 14, 2017.  ^ a b Simon Relph (12 September 2006). "Obituary: Zelda Barron". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2012.  ^ "mvdbase.com - index = Steve Barron
Steve Barron
Profile". Retrieved October 14, 2017.  ^ Rose, Steve, "Elijah Wood: 'I was thrilled to play Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit'", The Guardian, 22 December 2011; retrieved 25 December 2011. ^ Hawksley, R. "'Michael Jackson? I was more excited about The Human League!'", Telegraph.co.uk, 27 November 2014; retrieved 28 November 2014.

External links[edit]

Book: Steve Barron

Steve Barron
Steve Barron
on IMDb Interview with Barron profile, efilmcritic.com

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Films directed by Steve Barron

Electric Dreams (1984) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Coneheads (1993) The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996) Merlin (1998) Rat (2000) Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) Dreamkeeper (2003) Choking Man (2006)

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