Charlie Lyne, BFI

Charlie Lyne


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Past articles by Charlie:


Make it rain: a new chance for short documentaries?

Could the proliferation of online platforms finally mean (some) gold in them short films, asks Charlie Lyne? → Read More

555: would you pay good money for a hipster sketch series?

Vimeo are the next streaming site to do original programming, but their surreal show about a bunch of Hollywood misfits could be worth coughing up for → Read More

The legend of Zelda: Christina Ricci’s Fitzgerald is a confused cliche

Z: The Beginning Of Everything attempts to chart the flapper icon’s thrilling rise to intoxicating muse but its portrayal of the jazz age is disappointingly pedestrian → Read More

Morris From America: another victim of the Sundance hype machine

The film festival could once make or break a movie – but as this German-American drama proves, nowadays its endorsement seems increasingly meaningless → Read More

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Netflix lets its freak flag fly

After a disappointing Hollywood adaptation, the streaming giant takes on the curious world of Lemony Snicket – and the result is a daring, offbeat treat → Read More

What’s up doc: Nick Fraser’s taking on the big boys

Can fledgling documentary platform Yaddo take on the streaming site giants? → Read More

Fight for your right: the "war on Christmas" films nobody needs to see

A dubious new genre is centred on characters “saving” the holiday and all its trimmings from scrooges – and the concept of cultural inclusivity → Read More

Battle of the 'bots: Why Westworld the film is superior to the TV series

The original Westworld film of 1973 was zippy and entertaining – HBO have twisted this sci-fi story into something completely unwatchable → Read More

Captive: Netflix's big-budget answer to Crimewatch

The streaming platform’s latest show relives dramatic hostage scenarios - but will it be able to salvage the tacky crime scene re-enactment genre? → Read More

Project X: Laura Poitras homes in on the dark side of the internet

The director’s new short film descends on a brutalist New York building to sum up the unsettlingly intangible nature of the web → Read More

French resistance: can Netflix win over its harshest critics?

As the streaming platform struggles across the Channel, a new Cannes haul could provide an opportunity to seduce a very sceptical audience → Read More

From Weiner to Making A Murderer: this is the golden age of documentaries

Documentary films have are more diverse, experimental and popular than ever before. Here we consider why, and survey the genre’s game-changers → Read More

Is Mad Max: Fury Road even better in black and white?

Director George Miller has recut the post-apocalyptic epic without colour. It provides an illuminating counterpoint to the original → Read More

The Killing Of America: the reviled 'mondo' film that's ripe for reappraisal

In this post-internet world, the sensationalist documentary genre feels less shocking and more level-headed → Read More

Scary movie site Shudder is resurrecting the horror of the TV schedules

It’s hard to find genuine chills in our information-overload era – but this new 24-hour scary movie service is full of unpleasant surprises → Read More

Can Notes On Blindness change the way streaming caters for disabled people?

On-demand video may be ubiquitous, but it’s often inaccessible to many viewers. Now the release of John Hull’s docudrama looks set to turn the tide → Read More

Hypernormalisation: Adam Curtis plots a path from Syria to Trump, via Jane Fonda

The cult doc-maker explores the falsity of modern life in his own inimitable style. Just make sure you put enough time aside to watch it → Read More

13th: Ava DuVernay offers up a devastating history of black America

The Selma director explores race and incarceration with a powerful and timely documentary → Read More

Crisis in Six Scenes: Woody Allen's TV show is proof he's finally lost the plot

Allen’s first TV series in half a century feels clumsy, shuffly and full of lame one-liners. Not even Miley Cyrus as a rebel runaway can save it → Read More

Judge not: how Netflix produced the definitive Amanda Knox film

By warning against a pop psychology approach to criminal investigation, the streaming giant have made a documentary that is both wise and alarming → Read More