Minnow Films


Colin Barr
Creative Director
Colin Barr is a Bafta and Emmy-winning Executive Producer/Director who works across Documentary and Drama.

He is responsible for some of the BBC's highest profile documentaries, such as "Our War" and "Space Dive" and some of its most successful factual dramas such as "My Murder" and "Maxwell".

He joined Minnow as Creative Director in 2013.

Colin's reputation has been built on merging journalism with innovative forms of film-making to create work that is challenging, intelligent and popular. 

He began his career in Current Affairs and made a series of high-impact documentaries, including BBC One's hit series, "MacIntyre Undercover", "Welcome to Britain" and 'Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS?"

In 2001, he moved into Factual Drama, directing and producing actors such as Kenneth Branagh, David Suchet, Gina McKee, Stephen Rea, Juliet Stevenson, Toby Jones, Patricia Hodge. His first two drama-documentaries, "Get Carman - The Trials of George Carman QC" and "The Secretary Who Stole £4Million" were critically acclaimed and nominated for Grierson awards.

Colin's next feature length dramas were "Maxwell", which told the story of Robert Maxwell's final days, and "Best: His Mother's Son", a devastating portrait of mother/son alcoholism. Both were among BBC Two's highest rating dramas of the year and "Maxwell" was nominated for an Emmy.

He returned to documentaries to direct a feature length film for BBC Two telling the story of Felix Baumgartner's supersonic freefall from the edge of space. The resulting jump was a global phenomenon and the film, "Space Dive", sold all over the world and was also nominated for an Emmy. 

As Excutive Producer, Colin oversaw a series of innovative dramas, "10 Days to War", which was made in conjunction with BBC Two's Newsnight. The series of 10 minute films about the countdown to the war in Iraq was nominated for a Grierson award and won the RTS award for Innovation.

He then went on to excecutive produce a string of hit programmes for BBC Three, including the double Bafta-winning Documentary series "Our War" and the Factual Drama, "My Murder" which won the Broadcast award for Single Drama. 

As Creative Director for Minnow he is currently working across a series of documentary and drama projects.