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Barbara’s screenplay The Last Chance Mommas is a moving comedy-drama about a middle-aged female punk rock band set on the Isle of Wight.
Barbara has written the screenplays Mimi and Cowboy Girls, the latter a Western which was promoted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Anthony Minghella. Anthony, Barbara's screenwriting mentor, described Barbara’s screenplay as ‘bold, highly original and enormous fun and a film which puts the female at the very epicentre of the traditional male world of the Western and thus revives a flagging genre.’ Barbara’s first screenplay Mimi was commissioned by Media II.
At BBC Drama, Barbara was Senior Script Editor, co-devising the police series Dangerfield, Dalziel & Pascoe, the comedy-drama series, Rumble and Inspector Sheikh. Barbara produced the film Seed (BBC) and developed the award-winning two part film Bad Company (Golden Bear, Chicago Film Festival) –which resulted in the release of the Birmingham Four.
Barbara wrote the dramas Campaigners for Kudos, Pelvic Floors for World Productions and has written the first episode of Sexual Healing, a ten part comedy-drama about sex counsellors.
As a producer/director, Barbara directed pop promos for Harry Films and Palace Pictures, and produced and directed the BBC Documentary An Evening Without John McCarthy, about the missing Beirut hostage. Barbara directed The Fashion Show (BSkyB) and was a researcher on the Equinox series The Paranormal and The Weather (Channel 4), and a producer on the documentaries The Paralympics, Gold: Special Olympics, Care on the Cheap, and Separate Development for InterFace Channel 4.
Barbara’s first musical Rumpy Pumpy!, which she wrote and composed, was staged at Windsor Theatre Royal and The Union Theatre in 2016, starring Louise Jameson and Linda Nolan. In 2015, Rumpy Pumpy!, funded by Arts Council England, showcased at The King’ Head Theatre in their New Playwrights Season. The Kings Head described Barbara’s show as ‘London Road meets Sweet Charity meets Calendar Girls.’(To read more, please visit: www.rumpypumpythemusical.co.uk.) Barbara directed the first two runs of the musical.
Barbara’s career started working with comedians Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson on the Comedy Fringe. Barbara has a Masters in Creative Writing from Portsmouth University and a BA Hons from Hull University, and lectured in Screenwriting at Portsmouth and Southampton Solent Universities. Barbara’s novel Eat The View reached the top 100 books on Amazon, and was chosen by The Sun Newspaper as their book of the week: ‘very funny novel with lots of truly delicious characters!’ Natasha Harding, Books Editor.
Barbara is a member of Women in Film, an Associate of Mercury Musicals Development and a member of MTN (Mercury Theatre Network).
Barbara’s stage musical, the comedy-drama Rumpy Pumpy! (which was staged at the Kings Head, Union Theatre and Windsor Theatre Royal in 2017) is under option with Carnaby Films and Barbara will be writing the screenplay and composing all songs.
Barbara Jane Mackie