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Alice Charles

Journalist and scriptwriter

Alice Charles is a freelance journalist and screenwriter who splits her time between London and Los Angeles. As a journalist, she has worked for a variety of newspapers and magazines in England including The Times Magazine, the Financial Times, the News of the World, Instyle and the Radio Times. She was also Editor-in-chief of She Caribbean magazine, based in St Lucia.

She studied screenwriting at the University of the Arts in London and also at the University of California in Los Angeles’ Film and Television department. In 2009, the BBC optioned her children’s sci-fi drama, 2088.

She has also written two plays, CHRISTIANS DON’T WEAR THONGS and THE BETRAYERS. She will be publishing an anthology of short stories in the near future.

Maggie's Plan (Review)

I wish the Wayans brothers (Shawn, Marlon and Keenan), the team behind the Scary Movie franchise, would make a spoof film called Not Another Indie Movie. For me, the tipping point came with the 2015 film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which felt like a largely cynical exercise to win over Sundance audiences.
11/07/2016 16:04 BST

I Saw Star Wars and Now I Want My Money Back

Intrigued by the headlines declaring Star Wars record-breaking figures (more than $1 billion and counting worldwide), I took myself off to see the film at my local cinema. I wish I hadn't bothered and saved myself ten pounds. What's more, I now have no intention of seeing any more instalments in the franchise, nor will I pay to see another movie by director JJ Abrams after this.
05/01/2016 14:08 GMT

100 Miles From Nowhere (Preview)

Armchair adventurers will get a kick out of this new show on Animal Planet, 100 Miles From Nowhere. As will sadists. Three men, Matt Galland, Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson travel to some of the world's remotest spots, trekking some 100 miles in just four days.
29/03/2015 18:37 BST

The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi (Review)

The dinosaurs featured range from the truly weird and wonderful sauropelta edwardsorun and the bizarre Brachiosaurus, to the mighty, meat-eating Tyrannosaurus. And Csotonyi covers a significant time period, depicting precursors to modern mammals and birds.
27/05/2014 13:39 BST

Top Dog (Review)

There are so many things wrong with Top Dog, it's difficult to know where to start. First of all, it's just too long. There are too many self-indulgent "geezer" scenes that add little to the story. It's as though Brimson hasn't watched a movie in the past ten years.
19/05/2014 13:47 BST

Her (Review)

In the near future, Joaquin Phoenix plays nebbish writer Theodore Twombly, who works for a website which sends "beautiful, handwritten" letters to order. After a bad break-up, he now lives alone and has a social life that's on the critical list.
24/12/2013 10:12 GMT

Miles Cameron, Red Knight Author (Interview)

The popularity of the fantasy genre continues unabated as the success of the TV show Game of Thrones amply demonstrates. Now comes Miles Cameron's The Fell Sword, the second in his Red Knight series.
24/12/2013 10:11 GMT

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Review)

From the opening shot of a small African boy running through the bush, we know the realm that this film occupies. Fortunately, the performances of both Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie lift this above melodrama - just.
10/12/2013 12:24 GMT

Hawking (Review)

This documentary is a personal portrait of the professor himself, author of the bestselling title "A Brief History of Time". It follows his life from his birth to middle-class parents in Oxford, his early childhood and life as an undergraduate at Oxford to his work on the physics of black holes, as well as the onset of the disease that would eventually cripple him.
17/09/2013 13:33 BST

Rush (Review)

Rush follows the tense rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and the Austrian Nikki Lauda from the beginning of their careers and over the course of one formidable race season in 1976 that saw Lauda involved in a near-fatal crash.
10/09/2013 22:52 BST

Iceman (Review)

Here we see Michael Shannon playing the eponymous Iceman aka Richard Kuklinski, a New Jersey-based Mafia hit man who despatched more than 100 people over a number of years before police finally caught up with him.
11/06/2013 15:25 BST

Trance (Review)

Some reviewers have described this movie as sexy. I'd argue that Trance is the opposite of sex. It is charmless and wit-free. You don't believe in any of the central relationships and in place in character development we have pointless plot twists. And I would like someone to explain to me why it's okay to show a naked woman with a shaved vagina on the big screen but you can't show a penis? What's that about?
30/03/2013 21:15 GMT

Review: Tenth of December by George Saunders

Saunders is a great one for internal reverie. We see directly into his characters' minds - their secret dreams and fantasies - before he reveals these reveries for what they are: delusions. If I have any criticism it is this: he has a habit of revisiting characters, themes and ideas, which in a collection of just ten stories, feels like a bit of a cheat. Nevertheless, this is an absorbing read.
28/12/2012 11:59 GMT