Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Ben Limberg, John Battsek, Mike Brett
From the multi-award-winning producers of Listen To Me Marlon and Notes On Blindness comes CHAPLIN, a unique and cinematic exploration of Hollywood’s most iconic figure. Using previously unheard recordings, the film will chart Chaplin’s life in his own words and those of the people closest to him, reflecting on his meteoric rise to fame and scandalous fall from grace.
In the ultimate rags-to-riches story, we follow Chaplin’s escape from an impoverished childhood in late-Victorian London to the bright lights of Hollywood at the dawn of the silver screen. But though Chaplin’s fictional alter ego the ‘Little Tramp’ brings him global fame and total artistic control, his turbulent creative anxieties, successive personal scandals and controversial political voice lead not only to the demise of his beloved character, but his rejection from America and self-imposed exile.
BAFTA-nominated filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney have gained unprecedented access to Chaplin’s personal and creative archive, including a treasure trove of previously unknown material. From unseen outtakes to newly discovered audio recordings, Middleton and Spinney will craft an innovative and deeply personal portrayal of a remarkable artist and entertainer who was, for much of the twentieth century, the most famous man in the world.