South African Filmmaker


A selection of Barker's eclectic and collaborative projects; ranging from features, commercials, music videos, documentaries and mockumentaries.

Here are some scenes and moments from a TV series set in Sophia Town in the 1950's/60'. The Apartheid government bulldozed the suburb, forcibly removing thousands of families to Meadowlands in Soweto and other parts of Johannesburg.






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Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP): Script selected for the feature film, Lolly (written Lev David & John Barker and directed by John).

Jozi Film Festival: Wonder Boy for President won the audience award.

John has won 2 x SAFTA's and nominated for 4 (all for Directing).

Bunny Chow: Opening Film at Sithengi (Gala Event) and selected for the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Tiger Awards, AFI Fest, the Raindance Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival  and the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as being picked up by MTV Europe, distributed in Europe by Dogwoof, and Global Lens in North America.

L’Atalier Festival de Cannes 2009: Script for Umbrella Men

Sithengi: Most Promising Director

“Storytelling is important. I enjoy the collaborative aspect and process of film making. I love that it requires so many talented people from different departments and all walks of life, coming together to make an idea work. I also love being on set.” John Barker, Writer & Director.