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Looking for Charlie World Premiere

Looking for Charlie – The Documentary Premiere

Three years and three continents. That is what it took to make a feature-length documentary about the dark side of the silent era.  But, on May 5th, in the UK’s City of Culture, our long-gestating labour of love finally received its world premiere to a packed-house.  Looking for Charlie: Life and Death in the Silent Era ...

The Great Dictator in the Age of Trump

The Great Dictator in the Age of Donald Trump | Charlie Chaplin Film Criticism

If you're struggling with events unfolding in the US (and our own poor record re: refugees) then I suggest you watch Charlie Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' (1940) today. It's an easy defence to point to people in the past and simply say, 'well, everyone was a bit racist back then, we can't judge them on today's standards'. ...

Looking for Charlie

Looking for Charlie – A documentary about Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the Suicidal Clowns who inspired them

  Looking for Charlie is a feature length documentary I am making with my fellow historian and filmmaker, Brett Sanders.  The film is a documentary which explores the forgotten lives of a pair of suicidal clowns who inspired Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.  Production of this film has taken Brett and myself ...

Over the Rainbow - Why we Chose Black and White

Over the Rainbow – Why Looking for Charlie is Black and White

  When production started on Looking for Charlie back in March we (naively) devoted little thought to how the finished film might use colour.  Of course we put a lot of effort into trying to capture images that were as vibrant and consistent as possible but big questions remained.  Would the finished film ...

Production Diary #2 - The Breakdown

Looking For Charlie – The Breakdown

Looking For Charlie - "The story of the suicidal clowns who inspired Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton"   Concept We all know Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, and Harold Lloyd.  Their films made them immortal.  But what about the generation of comedians who inspired those silent-era luminaries? ...

Production Diary #1

Thoughts On Honesty in Documentary Films

  Documentary films can be many different things.  On one end of the spectrum are dry, PBS-sytle educational films and biographies.  Straight forward narratives which seek to define truth for the viewer, not challenge it. They inform but they rarely provoke.  On the other end of the spectrum, documentary ...

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