Dr Charlie Allbright (formerly Oughton), a long-standing Associate Lecturer in both the Screen and Media Schools at London College of Communication (LCC), passed away suddenly on 20 December 2019.
Dr Allbright taught on BA (Hons) Television and Live Events Production, as well as BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures.
Dr Zoetanya Sujon, Programme Director in Communications and Media, said:
"Charlie was dedicated to his students, and took great pleasure in teaching, always bringing great enthusiasm along with intellectual rigour to his classes.
Charlie specialised in horror, culture, and the taboo, sharing his expertise in classrooms at LCC, Regent's University, and the University of Southern California, but also through his involvement with many horror festivals and networks.
He was an active contributor to MovieDrome, London Horror Fest and Fright Fest, sharing his love of film and television with panache to both connoisseurs and amateurs. Charlie was also a media journalist, writing for Real Crime, SciFi Now and Starburst to name a few, including a recent byline in the Guardian on one of his favourite topics, 'It: Chapter Two'.
In addition to his forthcoming book, provisionally titled ‘Stephen King’s IT: Culture and the Clown’ (McFarland), Charlie published widely, authoring chapters in ‘Silent Women: Pioneers in Cinema’ (2017), ‘Counterculture UK – a celebration’ (2015), and ‘Celluloid Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through’ (2014) among others.
Along with his appreciation of feathered hats and a remarkable talent for squirrel-whispering - the latter of which gained him many followers on Twitter - Charlie was a great cultural thinker, and gave a great deal to his many communities.
Dr Allbright was known for his generous spirit and playful nature. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, students, and friends at LCC."
You can find more of Charlie's work on his blog.