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9 June 2021

Rogue Films welcome Charlie Watts.

by Andrew MacGregor


Rogue Films reckon they’ve signed an "uncut gem" in the form of director Charlie Watts.

The Stockport native joins after a string of well-received ads and short films, including a bittersweet look at amateur football and mental health for Copa90. Nods to frozen goalmouths, non-existent white lines, and furry pitch invaders impressed Rogue's Head of Talent Charlie Roberson.

"You find once you meet him," Roberson says, "that Charlie lives and breathes the soul of this style of filmmaking and will instinctively find that authenticity that is so elusive to others."

Watts has come a long way since his time as a (self-confessed) terrible sales advisor at PC World, and Rogue managing director Kate Taylor wants to push him even further. "It's important to us at Rogue that we can develop talent as exciting as Charlie's," Taylor explains. "There are many young filmmakers out there that make work that looks good; Charlie's reel made us feel good, and we can't wait to share that."

Keep your eyes peeled for Watts's Rogue debut. In the meantime, check out one of the stand-outs from 2020's glut of pandemic reactions videos. Shot in and around Manchester, this perceptive short film reminds locked-down viewers "things have been shit, and it's alright to acknowledge that".

Reckon Charlie Watts is right for your next project? Then call Rogue's Kate Taylor on 07976 737 120 or email katetaylor@roguefilms.co.uk.

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