Charlotte Skeoch

Freelance writer, blogger and critic of anything that moves

Charlotte is a freelance writer who exercises her acid tongue on her blog, Young Free and Cynical ( When she's not being precociously cranky, she can be found at stretching her film legs, or at doing her best impression of a culture vulture.

A veritable twitter slut, you can follow her at @charlieskeoch if you don't mind sweary skepticism.
Review: Dixie's Tupperware

Review: Dixie's Tupperware Party

Twenty-four hours ago I was a naïve child: I knew nothing of the domestic storage world, nothing of the joys of effective food preservation... in short, compressible Tupperware was yet to touch not only my hands, but my very soul. Such was the selling prowess and stage authority of Dixie and her Tupperware Party.
09/05/2012 15:57 BST
Review: Amy Lamé's Unhappy

Review: Amy Lamé's Unhappy Birthday

Remember the days when you went to proper birthday parties? The kind where you walk away with one tenth of the pass the parcel, sickly sweet cake wrapped in lurid napkins and a party bag with toy cars and lollipops? Weren't they the days? Well, I am pleased to inform you that such retro delights are not dead and gone forever, thanks to the multi-talented, bespectacled wonder that is Amy Lamé, and her Unhappy Birthday.
06/05/2012 19:13 BST
Interview: Breakin' Convention's Jonzi

Interview: Breakin' Convention's Jonzi D

Since the inception of British hip hop culture, Jonzi D has been at the epicenter of it's creative development. After graduating from London School of Contemporary Dance in 1993, his career has impressively embraced dance, music, spoken word, theatre and often- as a by-product- education.
04/05/2012 11:38 BST
Review - Future Cinema's Bugsy

Review - Future Cinema's Bugsy Malone

Future Cinema's immersive take on cult film Bugsy Malone has come to town, and it would be a challenge of monumental proportions to find a better Easter activity for the whole family, even if a vat of Easter chocolate accompanied it.
10/04/2012 16:02 BST
Wes Anderson - For and

Wes Anderson - For and Against

If there's one director that divides opinion more dramatically than Moses divided the Red Sea, it's Wes Anderson. Like a walking, talking, film directing Twiglet, you either love him or you hate him.
06/04/2012 22:08 BST
Review - Bryony Kimmings' 7 Day

Review - Bryony Kimmings' 7 Day Drunk

I don't remember a great deal about <em>7 Day Drunk</em>. This may be the most ill advised opening sentence to a review ever, but stay with me if you can. I don't remember a great deal about <em>7 Day Drunk</em> because, like a lamb to the liver slaughter, I got 'involved'.
27/03/2012 10:26 BST
Review - The Pirates! In an Adventure With

Review - The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists

<em>The Pirates!</em> Is every pre-adolescent boy's celluloid wet dream: Pirates? Check. Wacky science? Check. No women unless they're wearing a fake beard or fat and funny? Check. It's even got a monkey butler.
22/03/2012 14:34 GMT
Review: Swinging with the

Review: Swinging with the Finkels

The phrase 'British Sex Comedy' strikes terror into the hearts of most people; we are after all a nation of stiff upper lips, closed doors, and coined the phrase 'Lie back and think of England'.
21/03/2012 10:02 GMT
Top 10 Anti-Valentine's Day

Top 10 Anti-Valentine's Day Movies

Our advice is to lock the doors, get your unattached mates round, soak yourselves in low quality, supermarket liquor and settle in for a marathon of disastrous love stories so depressing, they would have Cupid himself raiding the medicine cupboard in an attempt to take his own life.
13/02/2012 22:53 GMT
Review - Umoja: The Spirit of

Review - Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness

<em>Umoja</em> couldn't have opened at a better time. Admidst the grey, cold, miserable backdrop of dreary February pessimism, the sounds, sights and joy of South African culture are a welcome ray of light
09/02/2012 11:56 GMT
Review: Street Dance

Review: Street Dance 2

Luckily, I endured <em>Street Dance 2</em> so you don't have to. I would have paid good money to watch George Sampson's hamster counterpart to wear out his gangly legs on a hip-hop hamster wheel of doom. I would not pay good money (or possibly even bad money) to sit through<em> Street Dance 2</em> again.
09/02/2012 11:38 GMT
Is Tim Minchin's Matilda the Saviour of British

Is Tim Minchin's Matilda the Saviour of British Musicals?

I don't think it's wildly hyperbolic to suggest that musical theatre is generally regarded as the arse-end of all culture. Like the happy-go-lucky mongrel among a snooty pack of pedigrees, dragged on a leash by their oddball ringmaster, Andrew Lloyd Webber; they tend to get it wrong more times than they get it right.
23/01/2012 22:18 GMT
BBC One's Birdsong - A

BBC One's <em>Birdsong</em> - A Preview

If Abi Morgan isn't sat in a doctor's surgery with multiple strain disorder in her typing fingers in 2012 I will eat a script. With two award-winning films (<em>Shame</em> and <em>The Iron Lady</em>) and BBC series <em>The Hour</em> already under her belt, you'd have thought Morgan would be more than happy to kick back and bask in the glory of her media accolades.
20/01/2012 22:41 GMT
Review: The Royal Ballet's Romeo and

Review: The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet

How is Romeo and Juliet incessantly referenced? Let me count the ways...We love it because we've been in love, and we'll never tire of it because each time we become entangled in the web of desperate longing, we yearn for an ending that doesn't include poison, daggers and death.
12/01/2012 13:44 GMT
The Problem With Anne Hathaway's

The Problem With Anne Hathaway's Catwoman

Batman forums internet-wide can discuss it 'til they're blue in the motherboard. Hathaway may be beautiful, she may be talented, she may still have a hallowed place in my heart...but I'd rather get my claws into Pfeiffer's Catwoman any day. Meeeeeeow.
30/12/2011 21:29 GMT
2011 in Kristen Stewart's

2011 in Kristen Stewart's Frowns

As one of the biggest stars of 2011, if not of the last half-decade, K-Stew's got a lot to smile about. But does she? Does she heck. She's obviously suffering from my December-itis on a year-round basis. Poor chicken.
23/12/2011 22:38 GMT