1/ We like UK Ad Watcher, David Reviews
. He said, "If the likes of Glazer and Budgen are creating giant canvases that no one can miss, Barker is the creator of masterful miniatures of understatement."
2/ Acclaimed for "His extraordinary ability to distill something quirky from ordinariness", Nicholas trained as an anthropologist before joining the BBC as a radio producer.
3/ Whilst at the BBC, he went on to create and direct three critically acclaimed series: 'Washes Whiter
' (a history of British culture since WW2 via TV ads), 'Signs of the Times
' (the hilarious and harrowing chronicle of family relationships posing as a study of home decorating), and 'From A to B
' (the infamous study of people and their cars). The latter two mini-series rapidly gained cult status and heralded a new genre in British documentary making, perfectly demonstrating his idiosyncratic visual style and caustic sense of humour.
4/ "Playing fast and loose with documentary conventions, Barker gives us an often hilarious, sometimes poignant horror story, walking a line between sophisticated genre busting and sneery cheap shot" - The Guardian. Nicholas's film, Unmade Beds
, received much critical acclaim and picked up numerous awards on the festival circuit. It also became one of the advertising industry's most referenced films for its cinematography and its breaking of documentary norms. "This explodes the conventions of fact-based filmmaking. It is alternatively hilarious and terrifying" - John Horn, Associated Press.
5/ Nicholas became a Rogue in 2002 and has shot many commercials for the UK market, as well as Europe and the US. His directorial credits include some definitive moments in advertising, including Cannes Lion-winning Carte D'Or Sunday Lunch
and Centraal Beheer Cleaning Ladies
. Nicholas practices guerrilla gardening on Hampstead Heath, in case you were wondering where all those crocuses suddenly appeared from.