The Ghost of Peter Sellers

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In September 1973 actor Peter Sellers headed to Cyprus to star in the production of a 17th century pirate comedy for Columbia Pictures (Ghost in the Noonday Sun). Sellers lost confidence with the film as soon as it began and desperately tried to sabotage it, firing the producers in the first week and then setting his sights on his friend the director, Peter Medak. On one hand this is 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 1972 with Peter O’Toole (nominated for the Palm D’Or). However, this film changed his career forever. After 43 years the wounds have barely healed for Medak and this is his opportunity to tell the story and finally release the weight associated with its failure. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a comic-tragic feature documentary about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster. (Peter Medak, Cyprus/UK, 2018, 93 min.)