Barbara is going back to the 1950s to film 'Way Back' an interactive virtual reality film which will be designed to help people living with Dementia in the UK. The 'Wayback' film launches with a recreation of a street party from 2nd June 1953 that would've taken place during the Queens coronation. This is a charitable cause close to Barbara's heart as her paternal Grandmother (who raised her) suffers with Dementia and she is very proud to be part of this groundbreaking project. For more information you can visit the Kickstarter campaign here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1n07RLtPgo
Barbara is given the lead role of Maria Jenkins in Mockingbird. She filmed this short suspense drama in the remote village of Boxted for five days along with young actress Twinkle MacInnes who plays her daughter. Maria is an ordinary woman, she has single-handedly raised her nine-year-old daughter, Lilly. However, when the police turn up at Maria’s front door she knows why they are there: to take Lilly away from her. More information can be found on the film's website here https://www.mockingbfilm.com
Barbara is cast as the Zumba Teacher in Agile Film's All We Are Sunny Hills project directed by Eoin Glaister A short film and a trio of music videos which centers around a group of residents that band together to stop a fat cat developer from building a motorway through their village. We see the villagers using their local means to stop the bulldozer. Sheep are used to spell out aggressive slogans on hills-sides, brownies turn into radical anarchists and the local knitting group protest in a femen fashion. Its comical, uplifting and ironic. Barbara also got to work with friend Hannah Isherwood on The Nivea Q10 Reasons to Smile Campaign this month and played a dinner party guest for a Food Network Ident.
Film Di Tre Re will be screened at Piet Zwart Institut during the Rotterdam Film Festival and in London at The Royal College of Art Moving Image Studio. The Loft is now in post production and will be submitted into festivals later in the year.
Barbara plays herself in short film 'Style to The End' directed by Avril Furness. It explores the outfits three women will wear to their graves. The FILM SCREENING - WHEN FASHION MET DEATH is currently part of an exhibition at Sutton House in East London.
Fiming starts on Ben Rider's feature OUR LITTLE HAVEN Barbara plays the role of Rene in this British Independent which centres around Adam and Eve facing a terminal illness together. Barbara is also off to the Cannes Film Festival this month.
Post production on The Adventures of Rosanna Cross is in full swing and set to be completed by May 2016. Barbara auditons for LOFT PRODUCTIONS' untiled project directed Imran Naqvi and is cast in the role of Rachel which is set to film in June 2016.
Pilot season is well on the way for Barbara as she films a series of pojects this month. The first is Comedy Pilot The STAFF ROOM. Barbara plays Marcy Pattison an English teacher with an unhealthy passion for the 70s. She then goes on to play Carly a South London Towie wannabe for Eltham Reality Boys and then she goes back in time to the Victorian age when she becomes Rosanna Cross in The Adventures of Rosanna Cross. Filming down in Southhampton in some incredible locations this period drama is a pilot episode for a TV show that is like a female Sherlock Holmes.
Barbara is cast as Helen in BLIND a short film that tells the story of a young girl who loses her sight and how the mother and family come to terms with it. Barbara filmed the project on the South Coast and in Reading and enjoyed working with young director Pauline Dieudone. More on this project later in the year. Barbara also starts rehearsal for Eltham Reality Boys which will now film in March. Another Yorkshire role comes along for Barbara when she plays a fraud victim in a trainig film for John Lewis.
Barbara has started 2016 with a bang! There will be a screening of Quiz Night at BAFTA on the 26th to industry professionals where Barbara will be reunited with cast and crew. Christmas Visitations hit the 12,000 views mark and she has been cast as a Yorkshire woman in a short film for Spiral Productions . She also starts rehearsals on Comedy Pilot ELTHAM REALITY BOYS written by Luke Bartlett which will film in February this year.
Christmas is here and so is Christmas Visitations! over a 1000 hits in 5 days means that everyone is getting in the Christmas mood. Click Christmas Visitations to see the movie! Barbara played a homely baker for a Sponsership campaign for STORK which will ident on C4's Come Dine With Me in the New Year.
Barbara starts filming on Streets of Nam a feature set in Dagenham in which she plays Sue a friend and rock to Kim who is led into troubled warters by her partner. The film is written and directed by Jo Morris.
Filming wraps on Christmas Visitations which is set to be released Decemebr 2015 in time for Christmas! Barbara plays the Shopkeeper's Wife who takes in a young Jacob Marley played by Paul Howard also staring Karen Brace.
After an amazing August spent over in Ibiza Barbara returns to London to get stuck in to work. She is very happy to have filmed on project Di Tre Re a conceptual experimental film about a woman being lead into a strange conference, which involves people speaking different languages. Directed by Shen Wei and filmed at the incredible Church Studios in Hackney Barbara was able to us her Neapolitan dialect! She will also be filming a Christmas short with Gareth Fient later in the month and will be on a one week workshop with The Groundlings Theatre company.
This month Barbara plays Jules in Butons written and directed by Wollie Bohem of Volventures
Barbara plays Helen in a pilot episode of Quiz Night a new comedy written and directed by Karl Rooney . Quiz Night will be pitched to the BBC where Karl Rooney currently works.
Barbara works as a voice over artist on O2's Think Big Campaign. A documentary that follows 6 individuals from Germany, Spain and the UK as they develop their digital and entrepreneurial skills in order to make positive social change through their businesses.
Barbara has a serious accident whilst on holiday in Spain and fractures her neck. After 2 weeks in hospital and intensive care she is flown back to the UK to start her recovery helped by family and friends.
2013 is the year for workshops! Barbara has attended several workshops held by The Actors Company LA with some of the industries top casting professionals including Dan Hubbard, Rowland Beckley and Aisha Walters.
Barbara completed filming on Change directed by Mike Busson. She plays the girlfriend of Bruce Lawrence who whilst on a night out in London find themselves in a quite distressing situation. The film also stars Simeon Willis and Forbes KB.
Richard Salt from Nebula Gate Films writes a part for Barbara in his new film "Ubiquitous" and script development starts on the project. Chata Pictures "Riot" is now called "GBH" and is set for cinema and DVD release this month. See the trialer with Nick Nevern and Kellie Shirley here. GBH TRAILER.
Alongside her daughter Barbara is cast in an Everest Commercial. She always knew if it didn't work out with the acting she could go into double-glazing!
Barbara is a Real Woman in a commercial for Special K. She was amazed when they served bacon butties on the breakfast Winnebago!
In a freezing English Spring Barbara wears a summer dress and pumps for a Lipton’s tea ad which is aired in the Middle East! Although she caught a cold it was a great opportunity to work with Feel Films.
Barbara signs with iD Agency and gives birth to her son.
The Linzee Way has a sell out five night run at The Hen and Chickens in Islington. Barbara now 6 months pregnant with her second baby is taking a well deserved rest! The End of It is accepted in the Cannes Short Film Corner and after great success in the South of France is shown on Sky in the UK.
DOTS have secured The Hen and Chickens for their devised comedy The Linzee Way. A comedy centered around a cult obsessed with celebrity and booze! Barbara plays Jojo a downtrodden surrogate mother to the stars with an unhealthy obsession for pizza!
Barbara has started rehearsals on an improvised comedy for DOTS theatre with a group of 6 actresses. They hope to put on a production in spring 2011.
Barbara was asked to appear in some scenes for a comedy pilot for Talkback Thames by comedy writer and actress Roisin Conaty. The hilarious script delves into some surreal worlds including a Heartbreak Hotel where relationship rejects go to mend a broken heart, the sketches saw Barbara playing a compulsive eater who comes unstuck in a cooking class. In contrast to this role she also plays a "gansta biatch" in a mock rap video. We will bring you more news on the pilot's progress soon.
Barbara completed filming on "The End Of It" this month. A futuristic drama set in a world where food is scarce and the planet's population lives on synthetic substitutes causing wide spread sickness. Suicide becomes a daily occurrence with inhabitants booking themselves in for Quietus ceremonies where their life is celebrated and then cut short in front of their loved ones. Barbara plays Harriet, who becoming pregnant questions of the morality of suicide. The film is screening at The Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Square on the 10th of June. More news to follow.
Barbara completed filming on American Rebellion at the end of January up in the west Midlands. The shoot went smoothly and the cast and crew had a fantastic time despite the extreme cold conditions in the derelict building in Walsall! Director Richard Salt was quick off the mark and has already completed a rough cut of the film.
Once the few finishing touches are put on in post production Nebula Gate will enter the film into renowned film festival such as Cannes and Raindance. The London Screening is planned for May.
Barbara auditioned for Douglas Baker for his film the End Of It in early February and after being recalled was given the part of Harriet. The short is set to shoot in early March and centers around the subject of suicide. We will bring you more information after the shoot.
As the Tales of Peter Rabbit international tour comes to an end The Khaleej Times catches up with Barbara on the show's last stop Dubai.
"I can't believe its the end of Peter Rabbit! Although we have gone out with a bang doing 9 shows in 3 days to an incredible response. All our shows were sold out and we had really diverse audiences from local schools to expat families. We had such a great reception that there are talks of taking it to Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, which is something that we would love to do in the future."
Barbara has started rehearsals on Nebula-Gate Films' short American Rebellion in which she plays Dr. Elena Walker a military doctor that specializes in torture technique. American Rebellion will be shot in mid January and is directed by Richard salt.
Barbara is filming a short film called Scarred. It is a story of betrayal and revenge between two brothers which ends in tragedy. Barbara plays Kelly the girlfriend of the arrogant older brother who has to deal with his violent and erratic behavior. Barbara will be filming throughout September on this project whilst still on tour with The Tales of Peter Rabbit playing Beatrix Potter.
"It's been great getting back in front of the camera after having such a long run on stage although the tour ends in a couple of months and I will be sad to say good bye to Beatrix, not to mention the wonderful cast!"
After taking time out to have her daughter, Barbara decided to take the leap back into acting last year when she auditioned for The Tales of Peter Rabbit, she was lucky enough to be given the part of her childhood hero Beatrix Potter! The tour has been running since February and goes through to November 2009. "I am enjoying the tour immensely, we have played in some fantastic theatres and visited some beautiful parts of the country. We have a great cast and technical team and as I am a new mum this classic children's tale is the perfect show for me."
You can view production photos from Peter Rabbit by visiting the Premier Productions website.
Barbara has recently completed filming on feature film The Grind written and directed by Rishie Opel. This British drama centers around Hackney Night club owner Dave played by Jamie Foreman the hot tempered manager played by Freddie Connor and his troublesome best friend Bobby (Gordon Alexander). The film also stars Zoe Tapper and Kellie Shirley.