Peter Barnes

Playwright and screenwriter Peter Barnes was raised on the east coast of England. It was there, in the atmosphere of resorts and carnivals, that he fashioned his highly stylized approach to drama and history. He began ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1931 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (11)

The Moon and the Stars 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Merlin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Voices From a Locked Room 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Enchanted April 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spaghetti House 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ruling Class 1972 (Movie)

("The Ruling Class") (Play as Source Material)

The Ruling Class 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Not With My Wife, You Don't 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Noah's Ark (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Professionals (TV Show)

Screenwriter
Actor (5)

Brideshead Revisited 2008 (Movie)

American Professor (Actor)

Factory Girl 2006 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Love Soup 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Capitol Gains 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Demon in My View 1991 (Movie)

Potter (Actor)
Producer (4)

Al's Lads 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Associate Producer

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Associate Producer

A Christmas Carol (TV Show)

Associate Producer
Sound (1)

Crocodile Tears 1996 (Movie)

(ADR Editor)
Editor (1)

The Grudge Match 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Editor
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Spice Girls in Concert -- Wild! 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Lighting
Director (1)

Hard Times 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director
Other (1)

Factory Girl 2006 (Movie)

(to George Hickenlooper) (Assistant)

Biography

Playwright and screenwriter Peter Barnes was raised on the east coast of England. It was there, in the atmosphere of resorts and carnivals, that he fashioned his highly stylized approach to drama and history. He began as a film critic and editor in the 1950s, graduating to television, features, and plays in the 1960s, when his credits included mostly crime dramas like "The Professionals", "The White Trap", and "The Devil Inside". It was his 1968 play, the comedy"The Ruling Class", that made his name, however. Barnes adapted it for the big screen in 1972, with Peter O'Toole giving a noteworthy performance in the lead role of an heir who believes he is Jesus Christ. This was to begin Barnes's rather absurdist approach that he overlaid in his writing onto historical figures. Notable personages he gave this treatment to include Leonardo da Vinci, King of Spain Carlos II, and Ivan the Terrible. Later in life he settled into television writing, mostly adaptations like the fantastic adventure "Alice in Wonderland", the supernatural holiday drama "A Christmas Carol", and his Oscar-nominated drama "Enchanted April". His final play, "Babies", was a semi-autobiographical piece based on his becoming a father for the first time at the age of 69. Sadly, Barens passed away shortly after at the age 73 from a stroke.

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