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.
- Christopher Sharman
- Joby Gee
- Jack Ketch
- WIDE HOUSE
In his five decade career Peter Medak has made 27 acclaimed feature films and earned a reputation as an actor’s director, with work including THE RULING CLASS (1972) with Peter O’ Toole, THE CHANGELING (1980) with George C. Scott, and ROMEO IS BLEEDING (1993) with Gary Oldman. His latest documentary THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS (2018) retells the story behind of a comedy of his that never got a theatrical release, GHOST IN THE NOONDAY SUN (1974).