About Charles Harris
Charles Harris is a international award-winning writer-director, a highly respected script consultant, best-selling non-fiction author and co-founder of the first screenwriters’ workshop in the world. His debut novel, The Breaking of Liam Glass is to be published in June.
His film work includes the rite-of-passage movie Paradise Grove, which won Best New Director in Palm Springs and the BBC2 satirical documentary Sex, Drugs and Dinner, with Alexei Sayle, winning Best Network Programme in the UK. He co-founded the first screenwriters’ workshop in the world, London Screenwriters’ Workshop, now Euroscript.
Join his mailing list for information on these, courses, personal appearances and articles. He has appeared on BBC TV and radio, and written and directed for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, national and local newspapers and magazines, as well as cinema and theatre.
“A natural story-teller” – Ian St James Awards
Charles Harris loves telling stories in all media and helping others to tell theirs. His is a distinctive voice, mixing humour, suspense, memorable characters and a very personal style.
Before becoming a screenwriter and film director he studied law and then English at Christ’s College, Cambridge before leaving to go to the London Film School, which promptly folded, fell in love with journalism, and worked as an assistant in BBC News on the Today Programme, World at One, PM and The World Tonight.
He next managed to find a job as a projectionist, then assistant film editor on a major series for BBC2, The World of Islam. He moved up to film editor, working documentaries and entertainment, including Spike Milligan’s Q7, BBC’s prestigious documentary strand Man Alive and The South Bank Show on ITV.
He’d directed amateur and student films but his first chance to direct professionally came with the arts documentary Marc Chagall: The Colours of Passion, which won awards across the world. He moved from documentary to drama with eight episodes of the Channel 4 soap, Brookside.
His first movie script – a thriller – took many years to complete, but at the end of it he’d discovered an unexpected passion for writing. That first script was eventually bought, and packaged by a major Hollywood agency.
Of his theatre work, he’s particularly proud of the plays he’s directed for Pentameters in Hampstead, London’s first pub theatre, as well as the parody The Master of Two Servants for Cameo Players, and September Rock – an impromptu mini rock festival for New End.
Recently, he directed Silent Voices, a dramatised documentary, from a very powerful script by Barbara Gorna about the effects of domestic violence.
He’s written three non-fiction books, Police Slang – and Teach Yourself: Complete Screenwriting Course and Jaws in Space: Powerful Pitching for Film and TV – both of which have featured on Amazon’s bestseller lists and are recommended reading on MA courses. His debut novel, The Breaking of Liam Glass is scheduled for publication in June. He has also had short stories nominated for awards, written for national and local newspapers and magazines and appeared on BBC1, BBC Radio 4 and local radio.
In his spare time, he is learning Japanese, practises NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and runs an Aikido club in North West London. He lives in London, with his wife and two cats.
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