At first glance, Charlie’s work might seem dark, but that’s not what the English director is going for. “It’s funny, I see how it looks that way, but it’s never my aim to make dark pieces. Running through my films, I think there’s this sense that there’s a deeper meaning to life. I believe art can connect with this more substantial, transcendent, thing.
“The greatest artistic things I’ve experienced felt like they pointed at something fundamental about our existence here,” he explains. The characters in Charlie’s films often search for this deeper meaning, but look in slightly the wrong direction. They burn up, but in doing so, they experience something fundamental.