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My film's on Netflix; FILM CELEBRATION Scriptwriter's delight.

Kenny MacDonald A former Dumfries man is celebrating as his first movie is streamed on Netflix in 180 countries.

James Charkow, 40, has jointly written the script for "The Most Assassinated Woman in the World" which is the first French foreign language film to appear on the paid-for channel.

And it's set to reach a global audience in 30 different subtitled languages.

He said: "It's really exciting and the end of a very long journey.

"I have written it with co-writer and executive producer David Murdoch and we have been working on it for six or seven years, on and off.

"We went through different versions of the original script as writing partners and then it was picked up when David met French director/ writer Franck Robiere at the Berlin Film Festival along with his wife Verane Frediani who is a writer. So the two of them came on board and worked on it as well."

James, who went to Dumfries Academy, is a broadcast TV editor and runs his own film editing company

He now lives in Edinburgh, but commutes to Glasgow to edit a host of big name entertainment shows including "Robot Wars" and "Homes Under the Hammer" plus "15 to 1" scooping a clutch of awards in the process.

James said: "Commuting every day helps me because on the train I can research and write scripts then go to my day job as a television editor before getting back to script writing at night as well. "The film has already had some good reviews which is great. It was shown at the Fright Festival and also at the Edinburgh Film Festival when my family got to see it which was nice and I got to put their names in the credits.

"My dad, John, is a retired painter and decorator while my mum, Claire, is a book-keeper, so there is no film industry link in the family. I kind of got that movie bug at school.

"My brothers, Saul and Mike, both went to Dumfries Academy as well, but they don't work in the industry.

"Putting the names of my mum and dad, who both still stay in Dumfries, up on screen at the end was my way of thanking them for all their support and encouragement over this journey. It has been a long time and I am very proud.

"David, who has a production company in Glasgow called Sinner Films, is also delighted and we are working on another couple of projects just now."

The film, which is a Netflix Original, has been described as a mystery thriller with comedy and horror moments.

A review describes the story as: "Paula Maxa was described as the most assassinated woman in the world. During her 1930s heyday the celebrated headline star of the Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris was graphically murdered more than 10,000 times in over 60 different ways.

"In this evocative, atmospheric, suspenseful and informative mystery inspired by historical events, the French icon is about to relive a past trauma on stage, one that will unlock family secrets and expose if the infamous landmark is involved with a series of gruesome killings for real."


Ambitious James appeared in the Standard as a 16-year-old schoolboy when he spoke about his dream of becoming the next Steven Spielberg

Netflix debut joy Scriptwriter and film editor James Charkow, pictured at a Scottish Government reception Photo: Lloyd Smith

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Date:Sep 11, 2018
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