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Barry Prescott

Director, Writer

Barry Prescott has directed puppets, policemen, politicians, and plasticine figures. One of nine children, Prescott studied at the South Seas Film and Television School in Auckland, then began making short films in the late 1990s  both of the animated and live action varieties. In 2005 his double amputee tale The Man Who Couldn’t Dance began winning awards at a run of international festivals. Since then Prescott has combined directing (Bryan and Bobby), design and advertising work, with occasional writing on What Now? and Dancing with the Stars. He has also been a production manager on more than 100 commercials.

A very funny film, but also a daring and courageous one. In the span of just 10 minutes, it briefly and concisely tells a richly layered story, which sparkles with color ...The jury is fascinated by the visual design, the cinematic creativity and by the ideal form the director found for telling his story. Jury comments on The Man Who Couldn’t Dance, at 2005 German short film festival The Way We Live