ABOUT ME...

I am a filmmaker, poet and professional writer based in Folkestone, Kent. 

I publish my poems in little books and magazines, and I show my hand-crafted movies at film festivals, screening nights and at galleries, universities and cinemas around the UK and Europe.

In total my films have been 'Official Selections' at over 15 international film festivals, featured at 50+ film nights, and also broadcast on Sky and BBC television. 

In 2017, I attended and premiered my new film Stella Erratica at the Cannes Film Festival 2017.

Published since I was a teenager, my poems have appeared in several small-press magazines and chapbooks, as well as three full collections of my work. For my full CV, see the Screening & Writing History page

I also work as an advertising, food and travel writer, specialising in cruise holidays. 

In 2008 I founded Roundeye, a small company which produces and distributes my films. 

    Ben Barton, Silver Screen Cinema Folkestone, 2017

    Born: 1982, Romney Marsh. 

    Lives: Folkestone, Kent.

    Education: Southlands School, New Romney; Sutton Valence School, Maidstone; South Kent College Folkestone; Christ Church University, Canterbury; University of the Arts, London.

    Current practice: Ongoing production of short films, shot and hand edited on super-8 film, using vintage cine cameras. Writing and publishing of poems. Travel journalism and copywriting. 

    Personal life: Happily married to Scott, my partner of 15 years. We live with our son in a Victorian cottage beside the beautiful North Downs.