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  • Date and time: Wednesday 6 March 2019, 5.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Location: Holbeck Cinema (TFTV /116)

Event details

A TFTV Research Seminar screening of the feature documentary, The Ghost of Peter Sellers (Peter Medak, 2018) followed by a discussion of the production with the associate producer and interviewer on the film, Simon Van der Borgh (Senior Lecturer in Screenwriting, TFTV, University of York) and the BATFA and RTS award winning editor Joby Gee.

The editor: Joby Gee has been editing film and TV for almost 35 years, on a wide variety of subjects. From dogs to dogging. From Kendo to Ken Loach. From Kissinger to Fukushima. He is a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award winning editor. In the last few years cinema documentaries he has cut were shown in competition at the Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sundance, and Toronto plus many others. 

The film: In September 1973 Peter Sellers embarked on the production of a 17th Century pirate comedy in Cyprus 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.  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 1972 with Peter O’Toole (nominated for the Palm D’Or). 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 doc about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster.

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Please join us for drinks afterwards.

Admission: FREE tickets available on

Simon van der Borgh (University of York, TFTV) & Joby Gee (BATFA and RTS award winning editor)