Scott Barley
filmmaker & fine artist

Scott Barley is an artist and filmmaker from Newport, South Wales, currently living in London, UK.

Barley studied Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he focused on themes of existential angst, self-sabotage, isolation, and metaphysics. Inspired by the ignorance of man and the harshness of nature, he exhibited an interactive installation, incorporating living room furniture and insects and a video piece, where he was voted as one of the top 25 upcoming young artists in England and Wales in 2012.

His filmmaking praxis is often governed by an authentic need, not desire, searching for catharsis and nepenthe to actual events, afflictions and emotions, with dark, intensely personal and lyrical films that often feature himself and his own family (Hours, Shadows, Hunter, and Nightwalk - the latter of which film critic, Filipe Furtado cited as being one of the best films of the year, and then later, the decade.

Scott Barley's work has been linked to the Remodernist Film Movement, and more recently anthropocenic, cosmological, haptic and phenomenological cinema. His work has often been compared with the sensibilities of Stan Brakhage, Philippe Grandrieux, Béla Tarr, and Jean Epstein. 

In mid-2014, the first comprehensive history of the Remodernist film movement was published at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris; a 244-page thesis by Florian Maricourt, under the research direction of Nicole Brenez. The document includes a rich dissection of Scott Barley’s filmography and artwork, along with other prominent members of the movement, including Jesse Richards, Peter Rinaldi, Billy Childish, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Roy Rezaäli, Heidi Beaver and Harris Smith.

Since early 2015, Barley has exclusively shot his films on an iPhone. The founder of The Remodernist Film movement, Jesse Richards, has described him as “the greatest filmmaker of the millennial generation.” Barley has also contributed written pieces to the film and artist’s moving image journals, ELUMIÈRE, Desistfilm, La Furia Umana, and Lo Specchio Scuro.

His short film, Hinterlands was voted one of the best films of 2016 in Sight and Sound's yearly film poll.

His first feature-length work, Sleep Has Her House was released in early 2017, garnering universal acclaim, and winning Best Film - Official Jury award at FRONETIRA International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, in Goiânia, Brazil.

He is currently a visiting lecturer at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.




CV

Education

2016 - 2017
Master of Arts, Experimental Film
Kingston University, London

2012 - 2015
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Film & Video
Newport Film School, University of South Wales

2011 - 2012
Foundation Diploma (with distinction) in Art & Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University



Select Screenings / Exhibitions

2017
BFI Southbank, England, UK
Womb

Bogotá Experimental Film Festival / CineAutopsia, Colombia
Hinterlands

FRONTEIRA - Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental, Brazil
Sleep Has Her House (Best Film - official jury award)

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Screenings (as educational material)

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, England, UK
Symposium by Scott Barley, with screenings (as educational material for BA and MA students)

Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany
Sleep Has Her House (screening, as educational material)

2016
ARTHAUS - Laboratorio de Creación Audiosual, Cuba
Hinterlands
Hunter

Pirámide Selva - Celebración, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hinterlands

Ibrida*Pluri, HAMBRE & Lumiere Collective screening, Rio, Brazil
Blue Permanence / Swan Blood

MARFICI International Film Festival, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Irresolute
Nightwalk

Animal-Nature-Human continuum
International Film, Arts & Animal Welfare Film Festival, Liberty Cinema, Mumbai, India
The Ethereal Melancholy of Seeing Horses in the Cold (screened with The Turin Horse, dir. Béla Tarr)
The Sadness of the Trees

Tehran International Silent Film Festival, Iran
Hunter
Nightwalk

Night Will Fall: Scott Barley solo retrospective
Museum of Modern Art, Rio, Brazil
Nightwalk
Hours
Irresolute
The Ethereal Melancholy of Seeing Horses in the Cold
Evenfall
Polytechnique
Shadows
The Sadness of the Trees
Hunter

Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hunter

International Women's Day (BBC Culture, United Nations)
Shadows

Goldensun Short Film Festival, Malta
Hunter
Hours
Evenfall
The Sadness of the Trees

2015
ExS International Film Festival, Serbia
Hunter (Jury award - Most significant work of 2015)
Hours

University of California, Los Angeles
Hunter (screening, as educational material)

University of Colorado, Boulder
Hunter (screening, as educational material)

Blowup International Arthouse Film Festival, Chicago, USA
Shadows (Best Student Film Nominee)
Nightwalk

State University of New York
Shadows (screening, as educational material)
Nightwalk (screening, as educational material)
Hours (screening, as educational material)
Evenfall (screening, as educational material)

Blackbird International Film Festival, New York, USA
Shadows
Nightwalk
Hours
Evenfall

Visionaria International Film Festival, Sienna, Italy
Nightwalk
Hours
Evenfall

The Factory Film Festival, Bournemouth, UK
The Sadness of the Trees

SF3 International Film Festival, Australia
Evenfall
Hours

Super 9 Mobile film Festival, Brazil
Evenfall

Pocket Cinema Film Festival, Pakistan
Evenfall

Scott Barley: EUROPEAN FILMMAKER IN FOCUS, retrospective
Cinemalibre, University of the Philippines, Cine Ardana Cinemateque,  Philippines, Asia
Nightwalk
Irresolute
Evenfall
Shadows

Commissioned project for The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Exhibited at The ATRiuM: Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, Cardiff, UK

Royal College

Proceso de Error - Festival Internacional de Video Experimental, Brazil
Irresolute

A Dark Room Film Fest, Connecticut, USA
Nightwalk

Drone Cinema Film Festival, The Netherlands
Polytechnique

2014
FRONTEIRA - Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental, Brazil
Irresolute

2012
Installation with video, exhibited in various locations throughout the UK between 2012 and 2013
Untitled



Awards / Critic’s Polls

2017
Best Film - Official Jury prize, FRONTEIRA - Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental, Brazil
Sleep Has Her House

Senses of Cinema 2016 World Poll
Sleep Has Her House

2016
Indiewire 2016 Critics Poll
Sleep Has Her House ("Best overlooked film")*
* unreleased at the time of writing

Desistfilm Best Films of 2016 Poll
Hinterlands
Sleep Has Her House

BFI Sight & Sound Best Films of 2016 Poll
Hinterlands

2015
Desistfilm Best Films of 2015 Poll
Hunter

2013
Senses of Cinema Best Films of 2013 World Poll
Irresolute

2012
WJEC National Exhibition
Selected as 1 of the top 25 young artists in England & Wales
Howard Gardens

2011
Norman Rawlings Award for Art & Design



Memberships

The Remodernist Film Movement
2012 - present

C.3.3.
2013 - 2014

Ether Films (Production & Distribution company) (Founder)
2015 - present



Dossiers / Monographs

NocticulaScreen Project: Incertezas
por Hambre | espacio cine experimental + ClimaCom
Curator: Sebastian Wiedemann

Lo Specchio Scuro:
The Experimental Cinema of Scott Barley: From ‘The Ethereal Melancholy of Seeing Horses in the Cold’ to ‘Hours’

Author: Alberto Libera


Le cinéma remoderniste: Histoire et théorie d’une esthétique contemporaine
Author: Florian Maricourt
Research Director: Nicole Brenez
Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris