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The Ghost of Peter Sellers

by Peter Medak
Cyprus, 2018, 93', color, DCP
THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 2018
22:00 Sala Perla 2 Tickets, All Accreditations
THURSDAY 06 SEPTEMBER 2018
22:15 Sala Perla 2 Tickets, All Accreditations

cinematography
Christopher Sharman
editing
Joby Gee

music
Jack Ketch
sound
George Foulgham

with
Peter Medak
Simon van der Borgh
John Heyman
Murray Melvin
David Korda
Victoria Sellers
Joe Dunne
Robert Wagner

production 
Vegas Media
contact
producer
Paul Iacovou

In 1973 Peter Sellers embarked on a pirate comedy for Columbia Pictures. He lost confidence with the film immediately and tried to sabotage it, firing the producers then turning on his friend the director, Peter Medak. At its core lies the story of an unraveling production but also the tale of a young director firmly on a path to greatness. Medak had made 3 back-to-back successes; most notably The Ruling Class in ‘72 with Peter O' Toole (nominated for the Palme d'Or). This film changed his career forever. After 45 years the wounds have barely healed for Medak and this is his opportunity to tell the story and finally relieve himself of the burden associated with its failure. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a comic-tragic feature doc about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster.

 

Filmography

2018 The Ghost of Peter Sellers (doc)
1998 Species II
1994 Pontiac Moon
1993 Romeo is Bleeding
1991 Let Him Have It
1990 La Voix Humaine
1990 The Krays
1986 The Men's Club
1981 Zorro: The Gay Blade
1980 The Changeling
1978 The Odd Job
1975 Sporting Chance
1973 Ghost in the Noonday Sun
1973 The Third Girl from the Left
1972 The Ruling Class
1972 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
1968 Negatives

"Making this documentary film was probably the craziest exercise I have ever done. It meant reaching deep inside and travelling alone through the memories of the worst directing experience of my entire life, reliving every moment again and walking in my own shadow of what happened on my movie 46 years ago. Both Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan were the greatest two comic geniuses at that time and I should have been able to make one of the best comedies of all time. Instead it was a miserable failure, which haunted me for the rest of my life. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a very emotional journey which I never ever wanted to embark on...but I'm so glad that I did."
Peter Medak (Budapest, 1937) fled to England during the uprising against the communist regime and immediately began his film career with the Associated British Picture Corporation working on some of the most remarkable British films of that period. In 1963 Medak was signed by Universal Studios in Hollywood. 1967 saw him sign with Paramount to direct his first feature Negatives with Glenda Jackson. His next two films were highly acclaimed black comedies: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg starring Alan Bates and The Ruling Class with Peter O' Toole, which received an Academy Award nomination. Over the next 30 years, Peter earned a reputation as an ‘actors' director, resulting in such acclaimed films as The Changeling, The Krays and Romeo Is Bleeding.

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