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USA / UK, 2004 (MIFF 2004, FedEx International Panorama)

Director: Stephen Hopkins

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers USA/UK

'a tour de force performance from Geoffrey Rush.' -screen International

MIFF patron Geoffrey Rush stars in the title role of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, selected in Official Competition at Cannes. He is supported by a stellar cast that includes Charlize Theron (as Britt Ekland), Emily Watson (as Anne Sellers), Miriam Margolyes (as his mother), Stanley Tucci (as Stanley Kubrick), Stephen Fry (as psychic Maurice Woodruff) and John Lithgow (as Blake Edwards).

'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers traces the British comic's turbulent rise from popular BBC radio performer to one of the world's most gifted comedic actors. Propelled by an overly possessive mother, Sellers struggled to find his place among women, among audiences and among his many selves. The film unveils the private torments that prompted this talented, charismatic actor to exclaim 'I hate everything I do', yet still reminds us why the world embraced this comic genius, elevating him to cultural icon.' -Cannes Film Festival

'... a wonderfully entertaining film.' -The Hollywood Reporter

MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush is a guest of the Festival.

D Stephen Hopkins P Simon Bosanquet S Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely WS HBO Films London TD 35mm/Col/2004/128mins

Stephen Hopkins was born in Jamaica in 1958. Films include: The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Under Suspicion (2000).

With support from the British Council Australia

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