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‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’ Recounts a Doomed Production With the Help of Its Original Director

'The Ghost of Peter Sellers' Recounts a Doomed Production With the Help of Its Original Director

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The Ghost of Peter Sellers

Logline: A comedy genius, a ‘hot’ young director and a 17th Century pirate comedy…What could possibly go wrong?

Elevator Pitch: 
In 1973 Peter Sellers embarked on the production of a 17th Century pirate comedy in Cyprus. He lost confidence in the film as soon as shooting began and tried to sabotage the film, firing the producers and the DP and then set his sights on his friend, the director Peter Medak.

The production descended into chaos and what happened behind the scenes was funnier than the film itself.

Now, 42 years later, the director returns to unravel what really happened on that film and to finally come to terms with the film that he believes destroyed his career.

Production Team:
Director: Peter Medak – "The Krays" (1990), "The Changeling" (1980), "The Ruling Class" (1972)
Producer: Paul Iacovou

About the Film:
It’s an incredible story of lunacy, tragedy and insanity. How such a brilliant idea for a film with all the right ingredients can go so desperately wrong and how once it starts to unravel there’s nothing that can be done to get it back on track again.

I was driven to make this film as its so multi-layered. Yes, its an examination of Sellers but it’s also the story of a young up and coming Director that had his career destroyed by his friend (the leading actor).

Current Status: 70% through principal photography. Currently running a campaign to complete shooting in the US with an incredible line-up of interviewees.

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Comments

Trudy Mata

I’d love to see more! What a cool intriguing history.

Tony Dynamou

Loved most of his films … sad he’s gone but we have a chancve to keep his name and Cyprus in the limelight !

Rosemarie Delaney

I was in Kyrenia in 1973 when they were shooting the film
Have photo of the yacht in the harbour.

Charles Andreou

I will be interesting to see Peter Seller in Cyprus

Antonia Kurdashian

Cyprus with Seller, great!

Would love to see this

Eleni

Alexia

I would like to see the film

Andreou Eleftheriou

I most definitely want to see this, a fantastic comedic trip down memory lane. Showing the wold the beauty of Cyprus of old.

Antony Antoniou

Go Pete.

Rafiq Latta

Just make this movie…so I stop having to deal with fb posts about it ;)

irina tryfon

yes for Peter Seller

GEORGE

I’d love to see it!

Marios Karantonas

Free Cyprus

Christina Voniatis Tomblin

A very interesting subject, I would love to watch it.

ANDRE WEINFELD

A Tale of Two Peters…. Can’t miss !

Christine Moreton

Yes, I would love to see Peter Sellers

Alex Melekki

It will be interesting to see Peter Seller

Eve

Cyprus 1973

Martin W

I would love to see this film being completed!

Jim Miller

Peter sellers the genius.! and my Cyprus before she was hurt.!

Adele

good luck!!

Elisabeth Andersson

I love both Peter Sellers and Cyprus <3

Khalil Mansour

Yes

Maria Karefyllidou Ioannou

It will be interesting to see Peter Seller

Laura

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Alkinoi Obernesser

I add my Voice

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Elizabeth Beristain

It will be interesting to see Peter Seller

joanna

Interesting in Peter Seller

Myrto

I’d love to see this movie

Dania Pavlou

I want to see Peter sellers in Cyprus 1974

Chris

Would love to!

Kokoti

Good luck!

Cos

Yes yes yes

Efthymios Chatzopoulos

I want to see it

glen

It would be great to see Peter Sellers again

passchalis plissis

Peter Sellers in Cyprus that’d be great!

SHe kariolis

vote 4

ellen antoniadou

yes I want to see peter sellers in cyprus 1973

Androulla Loizou

Would love to see the Ghost of Peter Sellers and Cyprus ��

Lefteris Christou

Go go

Marina Candouna

It would be nice

Marina Candouna

Me too

Efi

Jane

I’d live to see this!

Valeria

Great and interesting story

Hercules Panayiotides

I am a Peter Sellers fan

Angelos

Amazing story!

Graeme Howard

It will be interesting to see both Cyprus in 1973 and Peter Sellers.

Georgia

Yes I’d like to see Peter sellers

Helen Katsamba

Good Luck dear Paul!!

Michalis Xenopoulos

Intriguing piece of history

Erkan Pourkan

Go for it, excellent idea

Dejan Brzak

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Andreas Droussiotis

Yes I want to see Peter Sellers and Cyprus in 1973

Monica Linden

Yes for Peter Sellers and Cyprus 1973

Vicky

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Stav Makrides

I want to see Peter Sellers and Cyprus in 1973

Tony Woods

After seeing a copy of the original & the Cigarette advert filmed in Kyrenia at the time I would love to see it completed 8-)

George

I want to see Peter Sellers and Cyprus in 1973

Lia savva

Yes I want to see the film

yiannis Ioannou

i want to see it

leoni

it will be interesting to see peter seller

Lynda Papaioannou

I want to see Cyprus in 1973

kezban hussein

Peter please :)

Kay Chapman

yes i would really love to see this film

chris constantinides

yo!

Roxana

Yes!

Stella Papadopoulos

I’m looking forward to see the Ghost of Peter Sellers in Cyprus

Marina constanti

I would love the opportunity to see this movie please please I was in Kerynia 2 days before the Turkish invasion & never been back since
I would love to re visit the past

Daniella Constantine

Please I want to see this movie with the beautiful Kyrenia.

Crysa Damianou

Oh yes please complete this movie

Marlene Philippou

I want to see Kyrenia in 1973

Keith parker

Yes. What a great project

Costas Hadjistavrou

I want to see this movie!

John and Annie. barbas

We were in Cyprus, visiting from the US in 1973.

Katerina Attalidou

Looking forward to watching the film!

Dave Hughes

I want to see Peter Sellers and Cyprus in 1973

Michael

Yes, I would like to see this.

Elaina wilding

Yes yes yes I want to see the ghost of Peter sellers

Melanie Steliou

This is brilliant! Didnt even know there was a movie being filmed in Cyprus in 1973! This will give people the chance to see rare footage and an insight into who Peter Sellers really was

Nicos Lakoufis

I hope the Ghost of Peter Sellers wins

Marina Xenides

This is more than just an Indie project – it is our history

Nicos lakoufis

I hope the ghost of Peter Sellers wins

Yorgos

Can’t wait to see this film

Stavros

Watching a Peter Sellers film in combination with my city before the Turkish Invasion is quite moving

Gill

What an interesting idea.

Janet

It will be very interesting

Anna

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George Xinaris

I really wish that this project gets the success it deserve’s

Hanadi el Diri

I will definitely like to watch this documentary

Maria Vilanidou

I would love to see The Ghost of Peter Sellers!

EAMES DEMETRIOS

It sounds pretty amazing–great, poignant, funny idea for a film. Hope you guys support it!

Elias Kritikos

I would love to see Peter Sellers movie finally done ��

PhivosStephanou

Will be amazing to see Peter Sellers in CY

Fabs

Sounds like a comedy script

eleni

It will be interesting to see Peter Seller

ellen antoniadou

I vote for peter sellers

Ronan Harvey

Looking forward to seeing this !

Demetri Serghiou

I definitely want to see this!

stella ioannou

yes please

Kathy Christosodulou

It will be interesting to see Peter Sellers

Steve price

I would love to see the peter sellers film

elena christofides

It will be interesting to see Peter Seller

MILENA

It will be interesting to see Peter Seller

Anna maria

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Francoise

Yes I want to see Peter Sellers and Cyprus in 1973

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