Barbie is an award-winning filmmaker based in London. Over the last twenty years she has made documentaries and drama docs for all the major broadcasters. Her work has taken her all over the world, often filming in remote and extreme environments.
In 2007 she spent three months in China directing and producing Paul Merton in China for C5, an incredible journey which led to BAFTA and Broadcast nominations.
Her documentary Married to The Moonies for C4 was the first time outside cameras were allowed into the controversial and highly sensitive world of the Unification church as she filmed three young British followers joining two thousand other couples at what turned out to be Reverend Moon’s last mass wedding in South Korea.
In 2009 she started directing drama docs on Locked Up Abroad for Nat Geo and enjoys the crossover, bringing strong visuals to her documentaries and a documentary reality to her dramas. She’s since directed drama shoots in India, Cambodia, the Philippines, Mexico, Arizona and Ecuador, working with talented DOP’s and local production companies.
More recently Barbie’s been drawn to British stories. Her drama doc The Drug Trial: Emergency at the Hospital for BBC2, looking at the 2006 clinical trial that left six volunteers fighting for their lives, won Feature of the Year at the Medical Journalist Awards 2017 and a Rockie Award for Best Science Program at the Banff World Media festival 2018. It was also nominated for Best Science Documentary at the Grierson Awards 2017 and Best Documentary at the Broadcast Awards 2018.
Her critically acclaimed feature doc The Abused for C5 about domestic violence tells the story of two women who were attacked by their partners in the same week in Norfolk. It won Best Documentary at the Edinburgh Festival TV Awards 2019 and the Domestic Affairs category at the International Broadcasters Awards 2019 where it was described as compelling in every frame, with breath-taking storytelling. It has also been nominated for Best Documentary at the Broadcast Awards 2020.