Max Barber is a graduate of The London (International) Film School where he trained as a writer, producer and director. While attending the school he scooped awards for 'Best Film' at The Fuji Film Awards with The Malinatto Girls, and had his graduation film, An American Business Man In Essex, shown at The BBC British Short Film Festival. He was also twice short listed for The Carl Foreman Screenwriting Scholarships with two feature length screenplays.
Since then Max carved a successful careers as a producer-director in broadcast television, working for all the major channels and independent production companies with wide ranging documentaries and factual entertainment shows such as: Adult Lives (BBC2) Make Me A Super Model, A Girls Guide to 21st Century Sex (Channel 5), A Place In The Sun & Drugs Uncovered (Channel 4).
In the last few years Max has moved into making his own independent films and documentaries, setting up his own limited company and scoring his first success in 2004 with Peter Tatchell: Just Who Does He Think He Is? The film gained acclaim at many international film festivals resulting in a UK cable & satellite broadcast in 2004. His most recent factual film, The Seven Secrets To Perfect Porn had its world premiere at The 2005 New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, with many subsequent festival screenings and a broadcast in American through ADD TV in New York during 2007.
In 2006 Max wrote, produced and directed a fifteen-minute short, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Funeral (www.clevermax.co.uk/funeral) that has screened at numerous international festivals and broadcast on Propeller TV throughout 2006/7. It was also nominated 'Best Short Film' in New York's cable channel, ADD TV, Pill Awards 2007. The film also has a North American distribution deal with The Canadian Film Makers Distribution Centre and has already been sold to MTV to premiere on their specialist movie channel Logo.
Max's other short film, VGL-Hung! (www.vglhung.co.uk) had its world premiere at the 2007 London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, is represented by The British Council and has bookings at international festivals throughout 2007/8. In summer 2008 he was commissioned by The University of East London to adapt Catherine Butler's short story, Homoworld (www.clevermax.co.uk/homoworld) into a short film which won 'Best LGBT Film' at The London Independent Film Festival 2009. He has recently completed a mini-feature of 27 minutes long, Dirty Bent Bastards, a twisted take on the Guy Ritchie gangster movie genre, (www.dirtybentbastards.com).
Moving into feature films, Max has teamed up with Loud Mouse Productions to develop his debut feature film, a comedy-horror, 28 Gays Later (www.28gayslaterthemovie.com). Additionally he is working on further feature scripts including a supernatural horror set in Ireland - Out of Midnight, and a drama which will change the way we look at old folk for ever - Killing Grandma.