Interview with Iconic International Music Video Director Steve Barron (Michael Jackson, Madonna & David Bowie) | IMRO Ticket Offer
Steve Barron: In Conversation

Hosted By Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA)

Date: Sunday 19th November,
Time: 2pm
Location: Windmill Lane Recording Studio, 20 Ringsend Rd, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4.
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Steve Barron is an Irish director whose diverse body of work over four decades has spanned feature film, television drama, and iconic international music videos.

Steve is renowned for his ground breaking and innovative 1980s music videos with some of the world’s biggest music stars including Michael Jackson, Madonna and David Bowie. Many of these award-winning videos are now included on ‘Greatest Music Videos’ lists. In 1992 the ‘Billie Jean’ video was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame

The London based director is posting his most recent feature film, cast by Louise Kiely, Supervized, starring Tom Berenger, Beau Bridges and Fionnula Flanagan. Other feature film work include the hughly popular Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993) and Rat (2000). Steve started his career as clapper loader on Ridley Scott’s The Duellists in 1977. Steven’s television drama works includes notable projects Treasure Island, Merlin, and The Durrells.

He has been nominated for 27 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.

Steve will be talking about his fascinating career, working with the biggest music stars in the world at the beginning of the MTV generation, creating and directing award-winning and innovative music videos (including the concept of the music video as a short film for Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’), and working in feature film and drama in Ireland, UK and US, for over 40 years.

He has also been nominated for 27 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.

Some of the notable music videos Barron directed include:

– Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” (1983)
– Fleetwood Mac – “Hold Me” (1982)
– Madonna – “Burning Up” (1983)
– Paul McCartney – “Pretty Little Head” (1986)
– David Bowie – “As the World Falls Down” (1986) “Underground” (1986)
– Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing” (1985), “Calling Elvis” (1990), “Heavy Fuel” (1991)
– A-ha – “Take on Me” (1985), “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” (1985)
– Bryan Adams – “Run to You” (1984), “Heaven” (1985), “Summer of ’69” (1985)
– Simple Minds – “Promised You a Miracle” (1982)
– Eddy Grant – “Electric Avenue” (1982), “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (1982)
– Culture Club – “God Thank You Woman” (1986)
– Fun Boy Three – “It Ain’t What You Do….” (1982)
– Heaven 17 – “Penthouse and Pavement” (1981), “Let Me Go” (1982)
– The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me” (1981), “Love Action” (1981), ‘Fascination” (1983)
– The Jam – “Strangetown” (’78), “When You’re Young” (’79), “Going Underground” (’79)
– ZZ Top – “Rough Boy” (1986), “Sleeping Bag” (1986)
– Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “Maid of Orleans” (1982)
– Sheena Easton – “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Telephone” (1983)
– Joe Jackson – “Steppin’ Out” (1982), “Real Men” (1982), “Breaking Us in Two” (1982)
– The Skids – “Iona” (1981)
– Styx – “Haven’t We Been Here Before” (1983)
– Supertramp – “Cannonball” (1985), “Better Days” (1986)
– Tears for Fears – “Pale Shelter” (1983)
– Toto – “Africa” (1982), “Rosanna” (1982)

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