Barry Purves

Barry is an Oscar and BAFTA nominated director usually, but not exclusively, working with animation, especially puppet animation. He has been involved, mainly through Cosgrove Hall, with many series and programmes for television such as Rainbow, Chorlton and the Wheelies, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Wind in the Willows, Rupert Bear, Postman Pat, and Bob the Builder, either as animator or director. He has worked in significant roles on such feature films as Mars Attacks and King Kong, and directed over 60 commercials and titles sequences, including a recent campaign for Marketing Manchester.

His own, very theatrical, and often controversial, films have won more than sixty awards around the world, and many festivals have held retrospectives. These films are Next, (the complete works of Shakespeare in five minutes); Screen Play (the Willow Pattern story told through Kabuki), a version of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Achilles (a very adult retelling of the Iliad), Gilbert and Sullivan, (using their words and music to retell of their stormy relationship) and Hamilton Mattress (a film about an aardvark’s attempt to survive in the corrupt world of showbiz!). These films have been released on a compilation DVD called Barry Purves – his intimate lives. The films are known for their innovation, passions, elegance, lush visuals and fresh interpretations of familiar subjects.

Two further films have recently been released. A 14 minute stop motion dramatic film, called Plume, (2010) was produced by Dark Prince in France. The second, the melancholy Tchaikovsky – an Elegy,(2011) was produced through the Russian company, Studio M.I.R. Barry also made a film with the animators at Staffordshire University based on Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

In 2013 Barry directed 52 episodes of a children’s series called Toby’s Travelling Circus, screened on Channel Five. From 2014 – 2017  Barry was supervising director on 100 episodes of Ragdoll’s hugely successful new production ‘Twirlywoos’ for the BBC.



Events involving Barry Purves:

Animated Answers: What Makes the Perfect Animator

Time: Wed, 14 Nov - 11:00
Venue: Theatre 2


40 Years of Barry Purves

Time: Wed, 14 Nov - 17:30
Venue: Cinema 1