My name is Charlie Shackleton. I am a nonficton filmmaker and sometime film critic, living and working in London.

My new film The Afterlight is screening at UK festivals this winter, and internationally in 2022.

I am currently working on the VR performance film As Mine Exactly supported by Open City Docs and Rooftop Films, as well as two feature films: supported by Field of Vision, and supported by the BFI.

In recent years, I made the short films Lasting Marks, Fish Story, Personal Truth and Copycat, as well as the TV special Missing Episode, one part of the VR anthology A Machine for Viewing and the protest film Paint Drying.

Before that, I made two feature-length essay films: Beyond Clueless and Fear Itself.

Lasting Marks poster

I regularly work with Catherine Bray and Anthony Ing through our production company LOOP and have worked with Ross Sutherland on several projects including Stand By For Tape Back-Up. I was a creative consultant on Kitty Green's The Assistant.

Over the years I've also made several video essays including Pasta as Prologue, Histoire(s) du TikTok and Frames and Containers, and written about film for Field of Vision (Sex, Lies and Wikipedia), Filmmaker (The Six Fonts of Cameraperson), Sight & Sound (The Case for Unfair Use) and Vice (I Went to Extraordinary Lengths to Sidestep Britain's Film Censors).

If you'd like to get in touch, my email address is me@charlie.film

The Afterlight is now screening

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Lasting Marks 2018

The story of sixteen men put on trial for sadomasochism in the dying days of Thatcher's Britain was told by the police, the prosecution and the tabloid press—but not by those in the dock.

‘Composed exclusively of photocopied documents, Jaggard's voice and a sparse score, the film skilfully explores the evolving and uncertain boundaries between public and private life, what's socially acceptable and what's taboo, and how the state tries to police sexual behaviours.’ Aeon

SELECT FESTIVALS

LondonWinner, Best Short IFFR DOC NYC MOMI First Look True/False BFI Flare

OTHER AWARDS

SOTW AwardsBest LGBTQ Film

CREDITS

As told by Roland Jaggard; Directed and edited by Charlie Shackleton; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Shackleton; Original Score by Anthony Ing; Executive produced by Matt Diegan, Jono Stevens, Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Process photos 'Sex, Lies and Wikipedia' article Thread on vertical filmmaking Field of Vision The Guardian


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Histoire(s) du TikTok 2019

How Gen Z's favourite app points to a new kind of cultural criticism.

‘A brilliant media artefact that captures a part of the world we engage with everyday—our phone screen—and manipulates it to challenge our own understanding of an interface that is constantly changing.’ Will DiGravio

One of Sight & Sound's Best Video Essays of 2019

EXTERNAL LINKS

The Rise of Film TikTok


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Frames and Containers 2017

A video essay on the enduring cinematic tussle between frame and container.

‘Engaging, inspired and downright revelatory, this is what video essayism is all about.’ Daniel Clarkson Fisher

First published in [in]Transition

One of Sight & Sound's Best Video Essays of 2017

SELECT SCREENINGS

MSU BroadHyper Text exhibition BFI SouthbankEssay Film season Uppsala

EXTERNAL LINKS

Addendum


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Fish Story 2017

A search for the truth behind a fishy tale.

‘A simple, understated, unpretentious work of short-form nonfiction - and nothing less than a miracle of tender-hearted mirth. I adored this little film.’ National Post

SELECT FESTIVALS

Michael Fish and David Lea-Wilson
David, Michael Fish and the telltale salmon

Sundance IFFR AFI DocsAudience Award, Best Short ChicagoAudience Award, Best Doc Short Hot Docs True/False Sheffield Doc/Fest CIFF AFI Fest DenverWinner, Best Doc Short

OTHER AWARDS

BIFAWinner, Best Short Grierson AwardsWinner, Best Short

One of Vimeo's Best Documentaries of 2017 and Short of the Week's Best Shorts of 2017

CREDITS

Directed and edited by Charlie Shackleton; Based on a story by Caspar Salmon; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Shackleton; Music by Jeremy Warmsley; Sound mix by Mike Woolley.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Deleted scene The Guardian


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Beyond Clueless 2014

A dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics.

‘Vibrant, funny and subversive... Interpretative analysis at its most engaging and evocative...’ Dazed & Confused

Beyond Clueless scored live at the BFI Southbank
Beyond Clueless scored live at the BFI Southbank

‘Beyond Clueless deconstructs cliques, party scenes and devirginations, while also serving as an irresistible guide to the best (and worst-best) teen movies ever.’ New York Magazine

SELECT FESTIVALS

SXSW IFFR Hot Docs CPH:DOX NIFFF Sheffield Doc/Fest

One of Sight & Sound's Best Documentaries of 2014

CREDITS

Written, directed and edited by Charlie Shackleton; Narrated by Fairuza Balk; Produced by Anthony Ing, Billy Boyd Cape and Charlie Shackleton; Co-produced by Catherine Bray; Original music by Summer Camp; Title design by Hattie Stewart; Executive produced by Louis Bhose, Miles Haughton, Oliver Levy, Fred Macpherson and Sue Odell.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Official site Vimeo on Demand Mubi Wikipedia Trailer Twitter


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Fear Itself 2015

A personal journey through fear and cinema that asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves.

‘Beautiful... not just an homage to the genre but a horror film itself, plunging the viewer into the well of anxieties that is cinephilia.’ Cahiers du Cinéma

First broadcast on BBC iPlayer, 18 October 2015.

The Fear Itself team at IFFR
The Fear Itself team at IFFR

SELECT FESTIVALS

AFI Fest IFFR MOMI First Look Hot Docs BordeauxPrix du Syndicat de la Critique BAFICI

One of Sight & Sound's Best Documentaries of 2015

CREDITS

Written, directed and edited by Charlie Shackleton; Narrated by Amy E Watson; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing, Charlie Shackleton and Daniel O'Connor; Original score by Jeremy Warmsley; Executive produced by Janet Lee and Victoria Jaye; Sound mix by Peregrine Andrews.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Interview with 4:3 BBC Wikipedia


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AS SEEN ON TV!

Missing Episode 2017

20 years ago, Ross Sutherland was watching EastEnders with his parents when there was a knock at the door. He never saw the end of that episode.

‘A dazzling sung-through monologue ... a bravura feat of choreography and music, staggeringly complex and almost unaccountably beautiful.’ Village Voice

‘This is fantastic... a powerful, dreamlike audio-visual poem on the subject of memory, nostalgia and loss.’ The Times

On location in Pinner
On location in Pinner

First broadcast on BBC Two, 7 October 2017.

One of Sight & Sound's Best Video Essays of 2017

CREDITS

Written and performed by Ross Sutherland; Music written and performed by Jonnie Common; Director of Photography: Ryan Scafuro; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Shackleton; Directed by Charlie Shackleton.

EXTERNAL LINKS

BBC Audio commentary Original soundtrack 'More Than a Soap' article by Ross


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Pasta as Prologue 2020

Two very different dramatisations of the 1975 'Spaghetti House siege' reveal the power of film to dissent from (or else defer to) official histories.

Published in Sight & Sound


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Artwork coming soon

As Mine Exactly 2022

Synopsis coming soon.


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The Afterlight 2021

Fragments of hundreds of films from around the world bring together an ensemble cast of actors with one thing in common: each is no longer alive. Together, they contend with a fragile existence lived solely through these traces of their work.

SELECT FESTIVALS

BFI London

CREDITS

Directed and assembled by Charlie Shackleton. Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Shackleton. Original cinematography by Robbie Ryan. Original music by Jeremy Warmsley. Sound design by Charlie Shackleton. Additional sound by Eleanor McDowall. Mix by Tom Jenkins.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Official site


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Personal Truth 2017

In December 2016, an armed man stormed a Washington D.C. pizza parlour in search of a non-existent child sex ring he'd read about online. What can his story teach us about knowledge, belief and the stories we choose to put our faith in?

‘A miraculous examination of how 'fake news' and conspiracy theories emerge—and why they linger in the imagination.’ Stranger Than Fiction

A screening of Personal Truth at BAM
Personal Truth at BAM

SELECT FESTIVALS

IDFA AFI Docs True/False Full Frame Aspen CIFF BAMMillennials on Film season Met Breuer Flaherty Seminar

CREDITS

Written, directed and edited by Charlie Shackleton; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Shackleton; Original Score by Jeremy Warmsley; Executive produced by Charlotte Cook and Laura Poitras.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Field of Vision


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A Machine for Viewing 2019

A live performance and VR experience exploring the relationship between cinema and virtual reality. I created one of the three episodes, alongside Richard Misek and Oscar Raby.

‘The unexpected participatory results were affecting, and seeing it unfold in real time gave the performance a palpable sense of excitement and import.’ Abby Sun, Filmmaker Magazine

Workshopping the performance
The A Machine for Viewing team at Sundance

First published in NECSUS

SELECT FESTIVALS

Sundance IDFA Melbourne

CREDITS

Directed by Richard Misek, Charlie Shackleton and Oscar Raby; Produced by Richard Misek and VRTOV; Key collaborators: Lisa Brook for Live Cinema UK, Katy Morrison for VRTOV.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Sundance documentation


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Paint Drying 2016

A crowd-funded, ten-hour unbroken shot of white paint drying on a brick wall, watched in its entirety by the UK's film censor board.

The film's BBFC certificate
The film's BBFC certificate

‘British filmmaker Charlie Lyne made a 607-minute movie of white paint drying on a wall, and over the course of two days, the British Board of Film Classification had to watch every second of it.’ Washington Post

EXTERNAL LINKS

Accompanying Vice article Follow-up Vice article Kickstarter campaign Reddit AMA Blow Up video essay QI appearance 'Watching Paint Dry' by Erika Balsom


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Copycat 2015

In the summer of 1990, a teenage filmmaker successfully raises $100,000 to shoot a pioneering horror film. 25 years later, he tells the story of a cult classic that never was.

‘At just 9 minutes in length, Lyne's distinctive short takes you on an unbelievable journey... inventive and compelling.’ Short of the Week

SELECT FESTIVALS

True/False Fantastic Fest Hot Docs BFI London Edinburgh MOMI First Look

CREDITS

Written, directed and edited by Charlie Shackleton; Featuring Rolfe Kanefsky; Original score by Hometape.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Filmmaker Magazine The Atlantic There's Nothing Out There Blu-ray