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Cypriot documentary 'The Ghost of Peter Sellers' wows in Venice and Telluride

‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’ tells the story of a Hollywood feature film shot in Kyrenia in 1973

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The independent Cyprus feature documentary opened to rave reviews at its World Premiere in Venice last week. Hollywood Reporter calling it “Jaw dropping” and “a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it-documentary“.

Its US premiere followed hours later at the exclusive Telluride Festival to an incredible reaction, forcing the next screening to be moved to a larger theatre.

‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’ tells the story of a Hollywood feature film shot in Kyrenia in 1973 (‘Ghost in the Noonday Sun’) that descended into chaos when its star, comic legend Peter Sellers decided to sabotage the film, ultimately resulting in the film never being released.

The documentary follows the original 1973 film’s director Peter Medak, as he travels back in time to understand what exactly happened on the film and to try and finally put to rest the guilt he carried for over fourty years associated with its failure.

The documentary has been independently produced by Paul Iacovou of Vegas Media and financed entirely by private investors. “It has been the most incredible journey and to have a film premiere simultaneously in Venice and Telluride, is a dream that you never dare dream. I’m elated that our film is resonating with audiences and that Cyprus is getting so much attention – which was the genesis for the project in the first place, following the banking collapse in 2013”.

The film now heads off to a barrage of top tier festivals all over the globe, with its Athens Film Festival screening on the 25th and 29th September, the Raindance Film Fetival in London on 5th and 6th October and the DOC-NY festival in New York in November.

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