Charlie’s Supersonic Glider
Directed by Kate Maberly
USA | 19 min 30 sec | 2015
Filmmaker(s) attending Screening for Q & A
Charlie’s is a cruel world. As a baby, he was the only survivor of a horrible car wreck that killed his mother. His Father – once a hero, now an angry drunk – has blamed Charlie ever since. This film depicts the dynamic contrast between a very real, very brutal Father/Son relationship, and the wondrous and beautiful world that exists within a little boy’s imagination.
Writer / Director
Born and raised in Surrey in England Kate Maberly started acting aged 8 landing her first major motion picture role as the star of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Secret Garden”. Directed by Agnieszka Holland, the film achieved international acclaim and has gone on to become a family classic. Following this success Kate came to the States to take on a number of leading roles which included; ‘Dinah’ in Stephen King’s “The Langoliers” alongside David Morse and Patricia Wettig; and ‘Glumdalclitch’ in “Gulliver’s Travels” with Ted Danson, Kristen Scott Thomas and Mary Steenburgen.
Back in England Kate continued to work on various high caliber Period Dramas for the BBC, including; the Bafta-winning “Anglo-Saxon-Attitudes” with Kate Winslet and Daniel Craig; the Bafta / Golden Globe–winning “The Last of the Blond Bombshells” with Judi Dench and Ian Holm; the Emmy-winning “Victoria & Albert”, the Bafta-winning “Daniel Deronda” directed by Tom Hooper, and the enchanting Hollywood blockbuster “Finding Neverland”, with Johnny Depp and Dustin Hoffman. She took to the stage as Shakespeare’s ‘Juliet’, and then as ‘Mathilde’ in Christopher Hampton’s “Total Eclipse” at the Royal Court Theatre in London, alongside Ben Wishaw and Matthew Macfadyen.
Alongside her work in film Kate achieved double-honors in Classical Piano and Cello from the prestigious London Conservatoire Trinity College of Music. She has composed and produced her own music, including songs for film. Additionally, whilst in college she produced and directed Music videos, utilizing the facilities of the London Film Schools.
In 2015, Kate wrote, produced and directed “Charlie’s Supersonic Glider”, a 20 minute featurette which delves into the heartbreak of hidden abuse crossed with the beauty and impetus of a child’s imagination. Shot in 5 days on location in Oregon, the film is an ambitious cinematic experience designed to demonstrate Kate’s vision, style, and – like one of her most important influences; Spielberg – the power to make even the most brutal of emotional journeys be, ultimately, uplifting.
After filming “Charlie’s Supersonic Glider” Andrew York performed in a co-star role of his Middle school’s drama production of “The Aliens Are Coming, The Aliens Are Coming” by Tim Kelly. Also in school, Andrew continues to foster his love of music by playing the French horn in band. He was elected into executive ASB for the upcoming school year, and he was adopted into the National Junior Honors Society. Andrew also makes time to improve his fencing skills by training continually and competing in local tournaments. He is very active in Boy Scouts working hard to obtain the rank of Star Scout.
At 11 years old, and having had only limited camera experience before this, “Charlie” is Andrew’s first leading role. He hopes for many more!
Director: Kate Maberly
Runtime: 19 min 30 sec