‘...Harry Gilby’s performance as Charlie is truly stunning, Patricia Potter and Scot Williams’ portrayal of Charlie’s parents however are easily the most striking part of the film as often in movies dealing with trans characters, the focus of the plot is entirely on them and their struggle, whereas Rebekah Fortune’s film accurately and impressively ties in the difficulties of being a parent in this situation, which is only foregrounded by Potter and Williams’ amazing work...’
“...Williams is particularly remarkable as a man who simply can't accept that his "little boy" isn't going to achieve his own dream of football stardom. His journey is powerfully expressed without hedging anything, so the conclusion has an offhanded power...”
“...The film’s best performances comes courtesy of Scot Williams. Peter Machen’s screenplay may characterise Charlie’s father as a more overtly bigoted man, but Williams’ performance defies such simple categorisation. This is a man emotionally torn by the confusion that the child he so recently called his son is anything but – his increased emotional withdrawal mirroring that of Charlie in the film’s earlier stages. His anger is never played out as anger at his child, but rather anger at his own confusion as the child he loved isn’t the person he thought they were...”
“...With a delicate storytelling, wonderful acting, and a first-class cinematic execution – Just Charlie is a Coming-of-Age film guaranteed to enrich its viewers...”
“...The saving grace of Paul is the actor playing him. Williams has the thankless job of playing the member of the family who can’t accept Charlie, but the actor never makes Paul a monster or a caricature...”
“...Scot Williams who plays Charlie's father is fantastic in this film. He struggles with wanting to immediately reject something he doesn't understand, but also wanting to love his child is an all too common story. Branching out and opening your mind to other possibilities is never an easy thing, and he really brings a sense of realness to the role...”
“...Just Charlie left me an emotional mess. This story about a boy realizing that he is a girl is one of the most emotional experiences that I have had watching a movie. [ ] The film progresses to Charlie telling her parents about herself and Director Rebekah Fortune does an incredible job of layering in the reactions of the family, especially that of Charlie’s father who, in lesser hands than those of [ ] actor Scot Williams, could be a simple villain. His struggle is part of the story and I loved how willing the movie is to allow him to be so very wrong. It makes the rest of his arc so much more moving. [ ] Harry Gilby, he’s absolutely brilliant, and Scot Williams as well...”
“...Watching a mother and father negotiate what is best for their daughter, are filmed in one steady shot – focused solely on the actors. There are no cinematic tricks here; just the power of two performers acting opposite one another, and these instances meander, but in the best way possible. They are deeply felt and incredibly genuine. [ ] to watch these characters make sense of Charlie’s transition is equal parts affirming and heartbreaking...”
JUST CHARLIE, the film about a transgender teenager and her family, coming to terms with her gender dysphoria, has won the coveted "Audience Award" at the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Scot plays the role of Charlie's struggling father Paul and both he and the film have been recieving very positive reviews.
"Williams and Potter shine in their scenes together; both heartbreaking in their humanity..."
"As Charlie's parents, Patrica Potter and Scot Williams are good. [ ] There's an authenticity here [ ] most of which can be attributed to the quality of their performances.
"Scot Williams played Charlie's dad, and again, this was another blinding performance. Some of his scenes with Gilby were horrible to watch, but this had such an impact on me as a viewer. [ ] Williams managed to play Paul in a way that meant you didn't view him as a heartless idiot, but as a man who was grieving in some way, meaning you were able to empathise with him somewhat.
And not forgetting the wonderfully talented director Rebekah Fortune and young lead actor Harry Gilby...
"Edinburgh’s Audience Award winner, helmed by Rebekah Fortune, marks Harry Gilby’s first foray into acting, and he delivers an indelible performance worthy of a Hollywood veteran..."