In Conversation: Barney Burman followed by Star Trek screening

Directed by J.J. Abrams

USA / 187 mins / PG – Some Violence

In Conversation: Barney Burman followed by Star Trek screening

Directed by J.J. Abrams
USA / 187 mins / PG – Some Violence


One of the leading make-up effects artists in Hollywood, Barney Burman’s credits include the major franchises Mission Impossible and Star Trek, the latter winning him an Academy Award in 2009. Son of Tom Burman, whose work on the original Star Trek series helped establish the credentials of make-up effects, the Burman family has inspired generations of filmmakers including acclaimed director J.J.Abrams, who as a child, wrote them fan letters. Barney Burman will be discussing his work, the demands and practices of high-end studio production, and the significance of make-up effects to the modern cinematic imagination. This 60-min In-Conversation session will be moderated by filmmaker Kirsten Tan, the screening of Star Trek (2009) will follow directly.


In the 23rd century, the United Federation of Planets collectively operates the Starfleet. On one fateful starship mission, James T. Kirk’s life begins the day his father heroically sacrifices his own. Years later, when he accepts the challenge to be a better captain than his father ever was, his destiny is forever rewritten.


Star Trek (2009) was a well-received reboot of the 1970s franchise, garnering critical acclaim, box office success and eventually the Academy Award for Best Makeup. This was the third collaboration between American make-up artist Barney Burman, a key member on the film’s make-up team, and director J.J. Abrams, who once declared himself nervous about “all these tattooed faces and pointy ears”.


J.J. Abrams began his career in television, writing and directing popular TV serial dramas like Alias and Lost. He later moved into action genre films and helmed the Star Trek reboot series, and the Mission: Impossible and Star Wars franchises. Abrams has also been awarded multiple accolades, including the Emmy and Saturn Awards.







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The Projector – Blue Room
Sat, 23 Nov 2019 / 7:00 PM

The screening of Star Trek will take place directly after the In Conversation by Barney Burman at 7pm; Mr. Burman will also present the film and participate in the post-screening Q&A. This will allow fans to attend both the dialogue and screening. We hope that combining the two events will make for a better festival experience, and apologize for any inconvenience.