ABOUT ME...

I am an award-winning filmmaker, poet and professional writer based in Folkestone, Kent. 

My latest book of poems, The Hospital, is being published by Cultured Llama this autumn.

I also 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.

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. I have been nominated for the Canterbury Poet of the Year, and the Erbacce Prize. For my full CV, see the Screening & Writing History page

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

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. Talking and lecturing about my films and methods. Writing and publishing of poems. Poetry readings. Travel journalism and copywriting. Scriptwriting. Curating film events.

    Personal life: Happily married to Scott, my partner of 16 years. We live with our son in a Victorian cottage beside the beautiful North Downs.