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.

The Royale (Review)

The Royale is a very muscular, frenetic play that kicks off with Jay fighting a bout with a newcomer, played by an engaging Martins Imhangbe. Brilliantly staged, the entire drama is set in a boxing ring, just a wooden-slated floor that becomes the whole world.
21/11/2016 12:17 GMT

The Art of Her at the Soho Hotel, London (Review)

The screening of documentary The Queen's suite was the first event organised by filmmaker Corine Dhondee for female filmmakers of colour and held at celebrity haunt Soho Hotel (on the night, a gaggle of fans were waiting for Expendables star Dolph Lundgren).
03/08/2016 15:12 BST

The Hard Stop (Review)

There's something undeniably poignant about director George Amponsah's sprawling documentary about Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville, friends of Mark Duggan, whose death at the hands of the police sparked the riots in 2011.
15/07/2016 13:37 BST

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

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (Review)

The premise for Harris' Midnight, Texas series sounds like the set-up for a corny joke: a witch, a vampire, a psychic and a couple of angels occupy the same small town and are hoping to stay under the radar. Now Harris throws ghosts and demons into the mix. What's next, gnomes and unicorns?
18/05/2016 13:12 BST

Review: Street Art International - Lou Chamberlain

"This book does not claim to be a definitive survey of street art across the globe," Lou Chamberlain writes in the introduction to this book. "Rather, it is a snapshot that captures a moment in time..."
19/02/2016 13:29 GMT

Review: Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon - Megan Hess

Ahead of her time in not just her dress sense, she lived an unconventional life with a string of admirers including the Duke of Westminster. Though she came from humble beginnings, she counted Salvador Dali, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and a host of celebrities and socialites among her friends.
09/02/2016 00:14 GMT

Why I Won't Be Watching the Oscars This Year

President Barack Obama had just weighed in on the debate over the #Oscarssowhite Twitter campaign, saying that Hollywood needed to make sure that everyone had a chance. Equality of opportunity is, after all, one of the principles America was founded on. Nominated for an honorary award, director Spike Lee has said he won't be attending. Neither will Jada Pinkett Smith. I wonder how many others will choose to sit this one out?
28/01/2016 15:22 GMT

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

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (Review)

Modern Romance sees comedian and actor Aziz Ansari embark on a journey of self-discovery, visiting five countries and interviewing hundreds of people in the company of sociology professor Eric Klinenberg.
22/09/2015 17:29 BST

Dope (Review)

Director Rick Famuyiwa wears his influences very heavily on his sleeve. The Breakfast Club even receives a namecheck here (Malcolm's final speech will remind viewers of the closing soliloquy given by Brian "The Brain" in John Hughes' classic movie). And there is more than a passing nod to Spike Lee's films Do The Right Thing and School Daze.
08/09/2015 16:35 BST

Boy Meets Girl (Review)

Boy Meets Girl felt very much as though the episode had been built (very hurriedly) around a ten-minute play.
07/09/2015 13:50 BST

Danny And The Human Zoo (Review)

This one-off drama saw national treasure Sir Lenny Henry turn his hand to scriptwriting for a fictionalised account of his rise to fame, that saw him go from from working-class teen in 1970s Dudley to national TV star.
01/09/2015 17:24 BST