|Name Barnaby Thompson|
Role Film producer
|Education University of Oxford|
|Spouse Christina Robert (m. 1991)|
Nominations Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action)
Movies St Trinian's, St Trinian's 2: The Legend o, Dorian Gray, Easy Virtue, The Importance of Being
Similar People Oliver Parker, Nick Moorcroft, Piers Ashworth, Rupert Everett, Uri Fruchtmann
Barnaby Thompson - Producer
Barnaby David Waterhouse Thompson is a British film director and producer. He is best known for producing Wayne's World, Spice World, Kevin & Perry Go Large and An Ideal Husband, as well as co-directing the St Trinians films. He founded Fragile Films and ran the iconic Ealing Studios for fourteen years.
- Barnaby Thompson Producer
- Early life and education
- Personal life
- As a producer
- As a director
Early life and education
Thompson was born in London to parents who both worked in radio. He went to St. Paul's School and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in theology and philosophy.
Upon leaving university, Thompson and two friends travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan, armed only with a book called 'How to Make a Film.' The trio spent three months capturing seventeen rolls of film and, upon their return, sold Refugees of Faith, a documentary about the 3.5 million refugees living in Pakistan, to Channel Four.
Thompson founded World’s End Productions and went on to direct documentaries A Sense Of Wonder (Channel Four/RTE), about the Catholic pilgrimages in the West of Ireland, Singing For Your Supper (BBC/RTE), about a busking festival in Clonakilty, Co.Cork, The Thin Blue Line (ITV), about stress in the Police force, and Kiss The Sky, a film about Jimi Hendrix for the South Bank Show, which won a silver medal at the New York Film Festival. He produced a short film, Dear Rosie, directed by Peter Cattaneo and written by Peter Morgan, which was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA.
Thompson moved to New York in 1990 to join Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, who had offered him a job running his new movie division. The first film they made together, Wayne's World, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, was number one at the U.S Box Office for 5 weeks. Further number one movies followed: Coneheads, starring Dan Aykroyd; Wayne's World 2, on which he was also second unit director; and Tommy Boy, starring Chris Farley and David Spade.
Returning to England, Thompson founded Fragile Films in 1996 with Uri Fruchtmann. Their first film was the international hit Spice World, for which he again directed 2nd unit. This was followed by the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated An Ideal Husband - the closing film at the Cannes Film Festival - and the UK hit Kevin & Perry Go Large. These were followed by British comedies High Heels and Low Lifes, starring Minnie Driver and Michael Gambon, and Lucky Break, directed by Peter Cattaneo, starring James Nesbitt, Bill Nighy and Timothy Spall.
In 2000 Thompson, Fruchtmann, Harry Handelsman and John Kao bought Ealing Studios, the oldest film studio in the world, which Thompson ran as Head Of Studios for the next 14 years. in 2002, a TV comedy division was started that gave many comedians their first break, including Jimmy Carr, Sharon Horgan, Miranda Hart, Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Paul King, Ben Willbond and Damon Beesley.
Thompson continued to produce films: The Importance of Being Earnest starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench; Imagine Me & You, a German-British romantic comedy starring Matthew Goode and Lena Headey and directed by Ol Parker; Valiant, the first CGI movie made in the UK starring Ewan McGregor and Ricky Gervais; Dorian Gray, starring Firth, Ben Barnes and Rebecca Hall; and Easy Virtue, with Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jessica Biel.
Thompson co-directed St Trinians with frequent collaborator Oliver Parker in 2007. The film, starring Everett, Firth, Russell Brand, Gemma Arterton, Paloma Faith and Juno Temple, became one of the top 10 British independent movies in the UK. The 2009 sequel, St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, joined it in the list of top British films. At the time, Thompson had produced and / or directed 5 of the top 20 British independent movies in the UK of all time.
Since then, he has continued to produce movies: Kids in Love, starring Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne; Nina, starring Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo; and Sundance hit The D Train, with Jack Black and James Marsden.
Thompson stepped down from running Ealing in 2014 and has now returned to Fragile Films, where he continues to direct and produce films and TV. His most recent credits are as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed Maigret Sets a Trap, starring Rowan Atkinson, based on the Georges Simenon novels, which was broadcast by ITV at Easter 2016. Maigret’s Dead Man was scheduled to be screened Christmas 2016. Thompson is currently executive producing the two next films in the series, Night At The Crossroads and Maigret in Montmartre.
Thompson has been married to American writer, Christina Robert, since 1991. They have two children.