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.
  • Scriptwriting, for stage, screen, radio
  • Story and myth
  • Dialogue, Character, Conflict in Drama
  • Dramatic forms and developments
  • Filmmaking supervision
  • Writing for performance
  • 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.

Publications

  • Charlton, James Martin. 2013. Coward. London: Playdead Press. 173pp. ISBN: 0957679297

Theatre Plays

  • Coward (Just Some Theatre, 2012-13)
  • Fellow Creature (Miniaturists at Arcola, 2009)
  • Battis Boy (Paines Plough at Trafalgar Studios, 2007)
  • I Really Must Be Getting Off (White Bear Theatre, 2005)
  • A Twist Of Oliver (HMP Maidstone, 2002)
  • Spirited Away (Croydon Warehouse commission / showcase, 2002)
  • Desires Of Frankenstein (Open Air Regent’s Park, 2001/Pleasance Edinburgh 2002)
  • Ecstasy + Grace (Theatre 28 at Finborough Theatre, 2001)
  • The Pilgrim's Progress (Royal Shakespeare Company commission, 2000)
  • Divine Vision (Peggy Ramsay bursary / Swedenborg Hall, 1999)
  • Coming Up (Croydon Warehouse, 1997/ Premio Candoni Arta Terme Italy, 1998)
  • Fairground Trip (Play-reading at Croydon Warehouse, 1997)
  • Groping In The Dark (Croydon Warehouse /Mermaid Studio, 1996)
  • Fat Souls (Croydon Warehouse, 1993)
  • More About The Language Of Love (New Copenhagen, 1991)
  • The World & His Wife (Camden Institute, 1989/White Bear, 1995)
  • Straight To The Top (Etcetera Theatre, 1988)
  • What Are Neighbours For? (Fallen Angel, 1985)

Film and Television

  • Academic (short) (writer/director) (Friendly Fire Productions, 2011)
  • Capital (writer) (feature commission) (5v2 films, 2009)
  • Emotional Tribunal (Mountview Films, 2008)
  • Apeth (short) (writer/director) (White Dolphin Films, 2007)
  • Best Shot (short) (writer) White Dolphin Films, 2006)
  • Family Affairs (writer) (4 Episodes) (Pearson TV, 2000-2001)
  • Artistic Director, Friendly Fire Productions.
  • Associate Artist, Just Some Theatre Company.
  • Contributing Member, ScriptTank