My name is Charlie Shackleton. I am a filmmaker and sometime film critic.
I am one third of Loop.
My e-mail address is me @ this website.
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. 30 minutes 360° Interactive VR
The unexpected participatory results were affecting, and seeing it unfold in real time gave the performance a palpable sense of excitement and import. Filmmaker Magazine
Selected festivals: Sundance '20 IDFA '19 Eye Filmmuseum: This is Film! '20
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.
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. 14 minutes 0.7:1 2.0 STAFF PICK
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
Selected festivals: London '18Award for Best Short Rotterdam '19 DOC NYC '19 MOMI First Look '19 True False '19 BFI Flare '19
As told by Roland Jaggard; Directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Lyne; Original Score by Anthony Ing; Executive produced by Matt Diegan, Jono Stevens, Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook.
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? 17 minutes 2:1 2.0 STAFF PICK
A miraculous examination of how 'fake news' and conspiracy theories emerge — and why they linger in the imagination. Stranger than Fiction
Selected festivals: IDFA '17 AFI Docs '18 True False '18 Full Frame '18 Aspen '18 Camden '18 BAM: Millennials on Film season Met Breuer (work in progress) Flaherty Seminar (work in progress)
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Lyne; Original Score by Jeremy Warmsley; Executive produced by Charlotte Cook and Laura Poitras.
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. 30 minutes 1.78:1 2.0
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
First broadcast on BBC Two, 7 October 2017.
Selected festivals: MOMI First Look '18
One of Sight & Sound's Best Video Essays of 2017.
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 Lyne; Directed by Charlie Lyne.
Fish Story (2017)
A search for the truth behind a fishy tale. 14 minutes Available in 1.78:1 and 1.85:1 versions 2.0 STAFF PICK
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
Selected festivals: Sundance '17 AFI Docs '17Audience Award for Best Short Rotterdam '17 Chicago '17Audience Award for Best Documentary Short True False '17 Hot Docs '17 Sheffield '17 Camden '17 AFI Fest '17 Denver '17Best Documentary Short
Other awards: Best Short, Grierson Awards Best Short, BIFA Awards
Directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Based on a story by Caspar Salmon; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Lyne; Music by Jeremy Warmsley; Sound mix by Mike Woolley.
Paint Drying (2016)
A ten-hour unbroken shot of white paint drying on a brick wall, watched in its entirety by the UK's film censor board. 607 minutes 1.85:1 2.0
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. The Washington Post
Watch a video essay about the project on Arte
Fear Itself (2015)
A personal journey through fear and cinema that asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves. 88 minutes Available in 1.78:1, 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 versions 2.0
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
An indispensable piece of film criticism as much as it is, more simply, a fresh and compelling film. Village Voice
First broadcast on BBC iPlayer, 18 October 2015.
Selected festivals: AFI Fest '16 Rotterdam '16 MOMI First Look '17 Hot Docs '16 Bordeaux '16Prix du Syndicat de la Critique BAFICI '16
One of Sight & Sound's Best Documentaries of 2015.
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Narrated by Amy E Watson; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing, Charlie Lyne and Daniel O'Connor; Original score by Jeremy Warmsley; Executive produced by Janet Lee and Victoria Jaye; Sound mix by Peregrine Andrews.
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. 9 minutes 1.33:1 2.0 STAFF PICK
At just 9 minutes in length, Lyne's distinctive short takes you on an unbelievable journey... inventive and compelling. Short of the Week
A joyous rush of images. POV
Selected festivals: True/False '15 Fantastic Fest '15 Hot Docs '15 London '15 Edinburgh '15
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Featuring Rolfe Kanefsky; Original score by Hometape.
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. 89 minutes 1.85:1 2.0
Vibrant, funny and subversive... Interpretative analysis at its most engaging and evocative. Dazed & Confused
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
Selected festivals: SXSW '14 Rotterdam '15 Hot Docs '14 CPH:DOX '14 Sheffield '14
One of Sight & Sound's Best Documentaries of 2014.
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Narrated by Fairuza Balk; Produced by Anthony Ing, Billy Boyd Cape and Charlie Lyne; 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.
Kitty Green's The Assistant (2019)
Anthony Ing's Day After Day (2016)
Ross Sutherland's Stand By for Tape Back-Up (2015)
Joe Stephenson's Chicken (2015)
Criticism in the Age of TikTok (2019)
How Gen Z’s favourite app points to a new kind of cultural criticism. 7 minutes 0.56:1 2.0
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.
Access: Sheffield Doc/Fest (2018)
How to be a documentary filmmaker in the UK? It’s all about what hotel bar you know. 11 minutes 1.78:1 2.0
Published in Sight & Sound
Frames and Containers (2017)
A video essay on the enduring cinematic tussle between frame and container. 9 minutes 1:1 2.0 STAFF PICK
Engaging, inspired and downright revelatory, this is what video essayism is all about. Daniel Clarkson Fisher
Selected festivals: Uppsala '19
One of Sight & Sound's Best Video Essays of 2017.
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Music by Anthony Ing.
A vision of darkness in eighteen films. 3 minutes 1.78:1 2.0
First broadcast on Channel 4, 13 June 2016.
Directed by Charlie Lyne; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Lyne; Music by Hometape.
Another Take (2015)
Pilot for a rejected BBC webseries. This episode was about Mrs. Doubtfire. 5 minutes 2.35:1 2.0
SXSW Video Diary (2014)
A video diary of my trip to the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. 3 minutes 1.78:1 2.0
Published in The Guardian
The Six Fonts of Cameraperson (Filmmaker)
The Case for Unfair Use (Sight & Sound)
I Went to Extraordinary Lengths to Sidestep Britain's Film Censors (Vice)