Charlie Lyne (Essay Films, 2017)Personal Truth2017

Charlie Lyne

Shortlisted in 2017 for Essay Films

Charlie Lyne is an essay filmmaker and film critic. After establishing the cult movie blog Ultra Culture at the age of 16, he became a columnist for The Guardian and freelance critic for Sight & Sound, before moving into filmmaking.

His directorial debut, the feature-length essay film Beyond Clueless, premiered at SXSW in 2014 and was released in UK cinemas in January 2015. That year, he directed his second feature-length essay film, Fear Itself, for the BBC. It was viewed 500,000 times on the iPlayer and had its festival premiere at Rotterdam in 2016.

Since then, he has directed a number of short films, including Copycat (Edinburgh ’15), Personal Truth (IDFA ’17) and the the Grierson and BIFA award-winning Fish Story (Sundance ’17). He made his fiction debut in 2017 with the half-hour TV special Missing Episode, a ‘dazzling sung-through monologue, staggeringly complex and almost unaccountably beautiful’ (Village Voice) for BBC Two. His latest short, Lasting Marks, won the award for Best Short Film at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival.

His work has also shown at galleries including the Met Breuer and V&A, and at the Flaherty Seminar. In 2017, he was the subject of a full retrospective at the Buenos Aires Museum of Contemporary Art and his work was inducted into the BFI National Archive.”