James Martin Charlton is a dramatist, director and filmmaker.
He is Senior Lecturer in Screenwriting at Middlesex University, having joined Middlesex in 2003.
He has has written theatre plays, screen plays and directed for theatre and film.
He has won the International Playwriting Festival at the Warehouse in Croydon, his play Fat Souls was nominated for Writers Guild Best Fringe Play, his co-written film Best Shot was nominated for Best Short Film at the North London Short Film Festival.
He has been the recipient of Arts Council and Peggy Ramsay Foundation bursaries.
He has a BA (Hons) Independent Study (Theatre as Stage Poetry) from East London University and a PGCertHe from Middlesex University.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Scriptwriting, for stage, screen, radio
Story and myth
Dialogue, Character, Conflict in Drama
Dramatic forms and developments
Writing for performance
Research Outputs & Interests
Dramatic narrative structure and the relationship between form and content
Alternative story structures in scriptwriting
Meta-Theatre and the Theatre of Jean Genet
Post-war British Theatre Writers, particularly Edward Bond, David Rudkin, Joe Orton and Howard Barker
Exploitation cinema, particularly Italian cinema of the 1970s, directors Joe D'Amato, Ruggero Deodato, Lucio Fulci
Filmmaker as theorist of cinema, particularly Luis Bunuel, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Paul Verhoeven
Representation of gay characters on stage and screen
Doctoral students welcome in areas of stage and screen wriiting, dramaturgy, gay subject matter on stage and screen, theatre and cinema of extremes.
Charlton, James Martin (2014) If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing on public television – Joe Orton’s plays on television. In: Theatre and Television: Adaptation, Production, Performance, 19-20 Feb 2015, Alexandra Palace.