The film is not based on an actual person, but the event that inspired it took place in Naples, 1943 as the allies were invading. A group of children had formed a barricade and, with stolen weapons, had fought the Germans. Ultimately they were captured and hung.
It’s hard to imagine the circumstances that would push children into arming themselves to defend their town and lay their lives on the line. As a writer and film maker, I felt compelled to tell a story inspired by this event and others which occurred during the allied invasion of Italy. This is a little known side to the war that we wish to portray as truthfully as possible, from the side of the children and people of Italy.
‘Charlie’ is a film about how children are trapped in a chaotic moment of time and have to somehow continue to grow up and deal with events that they have no control over.
- Mike Ogden, Writer / Director