Edinburgh-born Writer/Producer/Actor Tim Barrow recently appeared in Independent hit The Inheritance. His credits also include extensive work in Scottish Theatre. He founded Lyre Productions in January 2007 and is currently in pre-production for an Edinburgh-based feature.
What training have you received?
Trained at Drama Centre London – an amazingly intense, euphoric experience where only the highest standards were accepted. It taught me what acting can be. But every piece of work gives the chance for futher training – I learn from each character, and from every actor I work with. Especially those vastly more experienced – their advice is gold dust. I’m nowhere near where I want to be as an actor. But I’m heading in the right direction.
What kind of roles attract you?
Broken people. People who strive against the odds. Who are unafraid to have dreams and pursue them, in the most single-minded thrilling ways. Folk trapped by their own guilt, fear, pain, insecurity, unfulfilled ambitions. Those who don’t get a voice until its heard on screen. Dreamers, fighters, artists and lovers.
What’s the best advice that you’ve been given as an actor?
To listen. Stop talking, stop acting, just listen and be. But the best piece I ever read came from Jimmy Cagney: ‘Stand up straight, look the other guy in the eye, and tell the truth.’
Most significant moment in your career so far
Writing, producing and starring in The Inheritance – our independent micro budget Scottish road movie, made for £5000 in 11 days in Feb 2007. Nominated BEST UK FEATURE at Raindance 2007, we subsequently won the inaugural Raindance Award at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards. We’re screening at festivals around the country this spring. It was pretty wild and stepped me forward as an actor – for which I’m forever indebted to director Charles Henri Belleville.
You’ll die happy when…
The next 5 movies I have in my head are made. 2 are on paper, the others are swimming around in my brain, occasionally coming up for air.