Peter Adam (filmmaker)
Peter Adam (born 1929) is a British filmmaker and author. Born in Germany, his work includes 'Eileen Gray: Her Life and Work'(2009), 'Outlines : David Hockney' (1997) and Art of the Third Reich (ISBN 0-8109-1912-5).
He was born in Germany in 1929 to a middle-class family. His father was Jewish and his mother Protestant. In 1944 he moved to Austria. he became a British citizen in 1965 before taking up a career in broadcasting.
Peter Adam has been an Executive Producer with the BBC for 22 years. He has been the Editor of the Arts magazines Review and Arena. He has been made an Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. An autobiography, "Mémoires à contre-vent", was published in French by Edition La Différence in April 2010. (previously issued in English as 'Waving, Not Drowning: an Autobiography' (1997). His memoirs detail his friendships with many prominent filmmakers and writers. Adam was a close friend of the painters Prunnela Clough and Keith Vaughan and has contributed much to work on both artists. He is the author of the biography of the architect end designer Eileen Gray, published in England, USA, Germany, France, Japan and Russia. He also wote a book on David Hockney, David Hockney and his Friends. His other books include Kertesz by Kertesz and Eisenstaedt by Eisenstaedt. He now lives in France
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He has made over 100 documentaries for BBC Current Affairs and for the Music and Arts Department, among them many prize-winning films:
- Lawrence Durrel's Spirit of Place: nominated for a British Academy Award for Best Factual Programme of 1976
- Richard Strauss Remembered: Golden Award Houston Film Festival for Best Full Length Documentary of 1985
- Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill: Prix Italia selection
- George Gershwin Remembered: British Academy Nomination for Best Arts Program 1987 Prime Time Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special 1988
- Art of the Third Reich: Winner of the 1989 British Academy Award in 1989 for Best Arts Documentary of the Year
- Nominated for the British Film Institute Award
- Nominated for an Ace Award in Los Angeles
He made film on Lucchino Visconti, Edward Albee, Lillian Hellman, David Hockney, Hans Werner Henze, Serge Diaghilev and the Russian Ballet, the German Cinema, a ten-part serie on Moderen Architecture. He staged Stravinsky's Soldiers Tale and Kurt Weil's Little Mahagony and Happy End