Filmmakers on Filmmakers

The Ghost of Peter Sellers

Peter Medak
Screening time  
18.03. / Wednesday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 7 Ticket
21.03. / Saturday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 6 Ticket

The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a documentary based on the movie Ghost in the Noonday Sun that Peter Medak directed in Cyprus and England in 1973. The film starred Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Peter Boyle, Anthony Franciosa and Murray Melvin. The original Ghost movie was shot mostly on real ships on the Mediterranean Sea, which nobody had ever attempted before. Before the shooting began, the Greek captain delivering the Pirate ship to Kyrenia's magnificent 7th century harbour was so drunk that he crashed the ship into the quay. The production descended further after Peter Sellers lost confidence in the film and fired the producers and the DOP. Structured around the original director Peter Medak and his journey back to the island 42 years later, the documentary recaptures what it was like to work with geniuses Sellers and Milligan and how it turned into a total disaster.

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Peter Medak

Peter Medak is a Hungarian-born film director. In 1956, he fled to England where he began his film career with Associated British Picture Corporation. In 1963, he was signed by Universal Studios in Hollywood. Soon after, he signed with Paramount Studios where directed his first feature, Negatives (1968), with Glenda Jackson in her first film role. He then proceeded to make two highly acclaimed black comedies: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972) and The Ruling Class (1972), for which he received an Academy Award Nomination. Since then, he has directed a great number of feature films on both sides of the Atlantic, starring Peter Sellers, Alan Bates, George C Scott, Richard Harris, Gary Oldman, Ted Danson and many more. He has made The Krays (1990), which won him The Evening Standard Award for Best Director in England, as well as Let Him Have It (1991), Romeo is Bleeding (1993) etc.

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The Ghost of Peter Sellers

Cyprus
2018, 93'

Directed by:
Peter Medak

Cinematography:
Christopher Sharman

Edited by:
Joby Gee

Music:
Jack Ketch

Producer:
Paul Iacovou

Produced by:
Vegas Media

Festivals & Awards:

Beverly Hills Film Festival 2019 – Golden Palm Award, Special Jury Award Best Documentary; São Paulo International Film Festival 2019; Film Fest Gent 2019

Contact:

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75009 Paris, France
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