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26th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021

Just Charlie


Original title: Just Charlie
German title: Einfach Charlie
Trailer
99 min
Junior Film
2017 , 2020
2016
UK
from 12 years
2017 | German Premiere
Direction: Rebekah Fortune
Script: Peter Machen
Cast: Harry Gilby, Patricia Potter

SCHLINGEL Year

2017 | Junior Film


Additional Information
Camera
Karl Clarke
Cut
Erine O'Donovan
Music
Darryl O'Donovan, Yann McCullough
Production
Seahorse Films LLP

Charlie is a gifted footballer despite his youth. Renowned clubs have already signalled an interest in him, lucrative contracts are in store. But what fills his father with unspeakable pride means nightmares and deepest uncertainty to the boy. How can he tell his family that he would prefer to wear skirts and dresses and dress his hair in a ponytail, use lipstick, apply perfume and, if he has to play football, then in a girls’ team? Charlie suspects that this would particularly hurt his father, whose own ambitious sporting goals have never been accomplished. When the boy gathers all his courage and confides in his family, the feared catastrophe occurs: his father denies any contact and repudiates his son; only his mother and his older sister Eve stand by him. Their support encourages Charlie to appear as a girl at school and with her friends. Despite all refusal and contempt, she does not leave her pursued path. Then comes the day when Charlie is first invited to play in a girls' football team.