Since 2000 Sarah Harvey Publicity has looked after the press and PR for the 3 cinemas at the Barbican, the world-class arts and learning centre in London. We look after all events and seasons taking place within Barbican cinemas, including the opening of the 2 new cinemas on Beech Street in 2012

Regular festivals at the Barbican include the FRAMED FILM FESTIVAL and FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL for young people, LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL and CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL plus seasons curated by the Barbican including THE FILM WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER (Spring 2014), THIS MADE ME LAUGH (Spring 2015), THE COLOUR OF MONEY (Autumn 2015) and RSC SHAKESPEARE ON SCREEN (Winter 2016).

We also work closely with the wider Media Relations team at the Barbican, to collaborate on cross-arts seasons and to feed into the wider Barbican story.



Hitchcock’s East End, a series of screening and special events programmed by Create London and the Barbican, began in September 2013 with a spectacular screening of one of Hitchcock’s most celebrated films Vertigo. The inaugural screening took place in the Victorian surroundings of St. Margaret’s Church in Leytonstone with a guided walk that took guests on a tour of Hitchcock’s birthplace and the streets where the director grew up.

By staging screenings across Waltham Forest in a selection of unexpected locations, Create London highlighted the gothic, enigmatic and eccentric elements of the borough that may have subconsciously inspired the great man. At the screenings established film-makers and critics introduced the Hitchcock classics that most inspired them and lead audiences to explore and re-imagine the suburban landscape of his childhood.

Create London is an associate partner of the Barbican.


Saturday 26 September 2015 saw the launch of the UK’s first ever official Garage Sale Trail in Brighton & Hove, Hackney and Todmorden in West Yorkshire – a free, fun and creative opportunity for individuals and communities to come together on one day, set up stall with treasures from the attic (and realise the value of their junk drawer), raise money for charities, community projects or simply make some extra cash for the household pot – and have a positive impact on the local environment by encouraging re-use. Last year in Australia, where Garage Sale Trail first started in 2010, 70,330 sellers participated in over 8,200 sales, which took place on one day, right across the whole country.


Musical innovators Asian Dub Foundation performed their latest live soundtrack to George Lucas’ 1971 visionary cult sci-fi classic THX 1138 at nine venues nationwide during October 2015. Retaining much of Lalo Schiffin’s distinctive score and soundtrack, Asian Dub Foundation’s sparse and beautiful new interpretation creates a memorable live experience to Lucas’ chilling, stylistic dystopian fantasy. The project was commissioned by Music Beyond Mainstream which is a company owned by major venues across the UK committed to collaborative programming and developing new and exciting work. The tour and projects was produced by No-Nation and funded by Arts Council England with agreement from Warner Brothers.

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A key and hotly anticipated event in the annual film calendar – the announcement of the Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with the BFI and Film4 – will take place on 25 November 2015. The fellowship is designed to nurture enquiring minds and unique voices, and bring the worlds of film and science closer together by awarding a talented screenwriter or writer/director a bursary of £30,000 plus a year-long tailored experience and a chance to immerse themselves at the Wellcome Trust, as well as providing unparalleled access to a global network of biomedical research. The inaugural Fellowship was awarded to Clio Barnard in 2013 and Jonathan Glazer the following year.