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This month's pick
October 2016
Copycat 2016
By Charlie Lyne
08:50 minutes
In the summer of 1990, a teenage filmmaker successfully raises $100,000 to shoot a pioneering horror film. 25 years later, he tells the story of a cult classic that never was.

“What’s your favourite scary movie?” Charlie’s brilliant film investigates the rich history of the horror genre through the prism of a potential copycat scenario…



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About the filmmaker: Charlie Lyne
Charlie Lyne is a filmmaker and film critic living in London, best known for the essay films Beyond Clueless and Fear Itself.

I first heard Rolfe's story a few years ago, and soon found myself retelling it at every opportunity. Copycat is about that impulse: to tell stories, bend the truth, and make other people's ideas our own.

Charlie Lyne