Ben Charles Edwards is a British film director, photographer and writer. Upon the release of Edwards' feature debut, The British Film Institute remarked that "Charles Edwards’ has crafted distinctive, admirable work that seems to have emerged from the unseen margins of British cinema."
Most recently Edwards produced the feature film 'Alone' AKA 'A Bird Flew In'. Edward's production became the first UK film to start shooting since the Covid19 pandemic took hold. 'Alone' is a black and white Cinéma vérité inspired feature film. Starring Sir Derek Jacobi, Jeff Fahey, Camilla Rutherford, Michael Winder, Morgana Robinson and Frances Barber. The story was conceived in the first week of lockdown and written throughout confinement, the black and white film charts six interlinked narratives. The film is set in the UK and France.
In early 2020 Edwards Creative Produced the feature documentary Quant. An insightful look into Mary Quant, One of the UK’s most renowned cultural figures, Quant was at the vanguard of the stylistic revolution of the 1960s and ‘70s, leading the charge away from convention and conservatism through the championing of ground-breaking designs including the miniskirt and hot pants.
2019 saw Edwards' direct and produce 'Father of Flies' AKA 'Come Home', a psychological horror set and shot in Suffern upstate New York. The movie stars Camilla Rutherford in a leading role. The film was based on a story Edwards had written as a child. Other members of the cast include Davi Santos, Page Ruth and the late Nicholas Tucci. The film was written by Edwards with co-writer Nadia Doherty. The original score for the movie was created by Orri Páll Dýrason of Sigur Rós. Filming began in January 2018, with the film dedicated to the memory of actor Nicholas Tucci and set for release 2020.
In 2016 Edwards directed his motion picture debut Set the Thames on Fire. Set the Thames on Fire is a fantasy film, directed by Ben Charles Edwards and written by Al Joshua. The dark comedy stars Michael Winder and Max Bennet as Art & Sal, two boys who fall through the clockwork of a grotesque, nightmare London, endeavouring to survive and escape, and perhaps find hope. The cast also includes Noel Fielding, David Hoyle, Sally Phillips, and Lily Loveless. To date, Set The Thames on Fire has been nominated for "The Discovery Award" for Best New Debut Film at the BFI London Comedy Film Festival 2016. The film was also long listed for the British Independent Film Awards 2016 for "Outstanding Achievement In Craft" and "Newcomer Discovery Award"