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Charlie’s Supersonic Glider

Directed by Kate Maberly

Short Narrative
USA | 19 minutes | 2015

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.

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Charlie's Supersonic Glider - Kate Maberly

Kate Maberly
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.


Film Information

Director: Kate Maberly
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 19 minutes


Studio / Production Company: Hetherwood
Kate Maberly and David Lugliani
Elie Smolkin
Shannon Leonard
Production Design:
Schuyler Telleen
Kate Maberly
Original Music/Composer: 
Jerome Leroy
Principal Cast: 
Andrew York, Shan Applegate, and Robert Blanche

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