The Ghost of Peter Sellers

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    The Ghost of Peter Sellers

    Directed by

    Cyprus

    2018

    93 min

    • English

    Documentary

    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.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Christopher Sharman
    Editing
    Joby Gee
    Music
    Jack Ketch
    Sales
    WIDE HOUSE
    Peter Medak

    Peter Medak

    Hungary

    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).