MDFF: Ghost of Peter Sellers, The

Australian Premiere!

Previous Festivals: Telluride, Venice, DOC NYC, Raindance

A comedy genius, a hot new director, and a 17th century pirate film: what could possibly go wrong? THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS is a feature-length documentary directed by Peter Medak about his unreleased film Ghost in the Noonday Sun, starring Peter Sellers. Filmed in Cyprus in 1973, to this day it remains one of the biggest film productions ever undertaken in Cyprus. What happened behind the scenes was much more outrageous and funnier than the actual movie itself.

The original ‘Ghost’ movie was shot mostly on the Mediterranean sea on real ships which nobody had ever dared to attempt before. Even before 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 then the Director of Photography.

Structured around the original director Peter Medak and his journey back to the island 42 years later, The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a timeline of events supported by eye-opening and heart-felt interviews with remaining cast members, production staff, Cypriot locals and others from the world of filmmaking. From Los Angeles to New York, from London to Cyprus, Peter recaptures what it was like to work with the genius talents of Sellers and Milligan whilst explaining the saga of the Pirate film and how such a brilliant and funny idea could go so terribly wrong and become a total disaster.

Legend Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session.
Event: Special event screening, complimentary & discount tickets do not apply
CC & AD: Closed captions or audio description available for individual use for this session, captions DO NOT appear on-screen.

Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior

Rating E
Genre Documentary
Running Time 93
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