Oli Barry recalls his studies at the Faculty of Arts
19 Jun 2013
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts graduate Oliver (Oli) Barry, who studied Design History BA(Hons), is now a BAFTA winning filmmaker who has produced, directed and created shows and series all over the world for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK, as well as A&E, Discovery Networks, and VH1 in the USA.
Oli’s profession has taken him all over the world, and he has worked with a vast and diverse range of people from gang leaders in San Salvador, scientists in Rwanda to The Prince of Wales.
He won a BAFTA in 2003 for Best New Director for the documentary The Nine Lives of Alice Martineau and also won a Grierson award (UK Documentary Award), for his documentary Bye Bye Happiness and a Promax award. He has also been nominated for a Rose D’or, A Royal Television Society Award and a further Grierson award.
Oli said: “It was at Brighton University where I found my passion for filmmaking, although I was studying Design History. I fondly remember studying Eisenstein in the library in Grand Parade which inspired me to become a film editor. My professors allowed me to study much about film history within the course. My final year thesis was on James Bond…still a great love of mine.” Oli currently lives at the centre of the film industry in Los Angeles.
The broad range of arts and humanities courses together with the interdisciplinary approach taken to study at Brighton means that students are offered considerable flexibility to explore different topics and pursue their interests while studying here.