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Stroud and Proud: Charlie Knight

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Charlie Knight is a proud Stroudie living in London and working as a cinematographer.

He works mostly on fashion, commercial and music video projects but has recently been exploring his love of narrative driven storytelling.

We put Charlie under the spotlight.

When are you at your happiest?  

Albeit cliché, I am lucky enough to be at my happiest when I am working. I don’t consider it work, so it is much better described as my hobby.

What has been the scariest moment in your life?

I was hit off my bike by a car recently, that was pretty scary. Moral of the story – always wear a helmet! 

What has been your biggest disappointment? 

Disappointment can be a very big part of my life as a film maker. Projects come in and then go away quite frequently. It can be heartbreaking when you’re starting out in this game but I believe allowing these things to come and go and learning that the right thing will always stick, has become one my biggest strengths.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? 

A proper 00’s romcom.

Who is the most famous person in your phone? 

I’d say my mum is a pretty big name around the Stroud District. 

What is your favourite smell? 

Probably the morning dewy grass after a night camping by the sea, either that or Tonka 25 by Le Labo (Le Labo sponsor me).

Who would play you in a film about your life?

I would hope that it would be James Dean – of course. 

What do you like most about the Stroud area?

Stroud has an awful lot to offer! But I think that my favourite thing about Stroud would be the landscape – followed closely by the farmers’ market!

What is your ideal weekend? 

This is an easy one. A trip to Woodchester lakes for a dip, then to the farmers market for some grub, a walk to Swifts Hill for sunset and finally a pint of Guiness at the Woolpack. 

What is on your bucket list

Maybe this is a dull answer but I would like to be invited to be part of the BSC (British Society of Cinematographers), a small group of artists who are among the most respected in their field.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? 

Time is a valuable asset, so only give it to those who you love and those who invest it back in you. 

What book and song would you take with you if stranded on an uninhabited island? 

A book I’m reading at the moment that is flooding me with nostalgia of my teens gallivanting around the Slad valley is Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee – this is all very on theme isn’t it? 

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