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Just Charlie

UK, English, 97 mins

  • Director: Rebekah Fortune
  • Writer: Peter Machen
  • Producer: Seayoon Jeong; Karen Newman

CGiii Comment

Edinburgh’s Audience Award winner...

This is hard...we wanted - so much - to take this film into our hearts. Alas, it merely scratched at the surface...and, sadly, left no lasting impression.

The only insight...puberty blockers! Mentioned briefly, unexplained...and that was it for the complexity of the complexity of transition.

Why use the footballing metaphor?!? Too damn obvious...the inference could be construed as a little insulting... football star of the future gives it all up to wear a dress...that's how it comes across!!! Just a little bit too tabloid.

The transition was done via [hideous] hairbands [is that what you call them?!?] and some grubby-looking cardigans. She's a young woman...dress her as if she's a young woman!!! Why make her look so dowdy?!?  

Despite a damn fine performance by Harry Gilby...Just Charlie - sadly - disappoints...but, it won the hearts of its Edinburgh audience...and - earlier in the year, it took away the Premio Maguey award for best feature.

Perhaps we'll watch it again!!!



The(ir) Blurb...

Football star Charlie has the world at his feet. With a top club desperate to sign him, his future is seemingly mapped out. But the teenager only sees a nightmare. Trapped in the body of a boy, Charlie is torn between wanting to live up to her father's expectations and shedding this ill fitting skin. Charlie's next move will tear the family apart and threaten everything they hold dear.

Cast & Characters

Ewan Mitchell as Jason;
Scot Williams as Paul Lyndsay;
Karen Bryson as Claire Robson;
Patricia Potter as Susan Lyndsay;
Jeff Alexander as Tony Robson;
Joshua Pascoe as Gregg;
John Draycott as Mr. Treves;
Karen Newman as Football Mum;
Benjamin Humphrey as Consultant;
Andrea Green as Mrs. Roe;
Harry Gilby as Charlie Lyndsay;
Travis Blake Hall as Tommy Robson;
Tia Noakes as Ash;
Daisy Fairclough as Nicky;
Peter Lloyd as Mick Doyle

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