Peter Chelsom

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Peter Chelsom
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Peter Chelsom on set of The Space Between Us, summer 2015
Born (1956-04-20) 20 April 1956 (age 60)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film director, actor
Years active 1979-present
Spouse(s) Lindsay McCracken Chelsom
Children 3
Website www.peterchelsom.net

Peter Chelsom (born 20 April 1956) is a British film director, writer, and actor.[1] He has directed such films as Hector and the Search for Happiness, Serendipity, and Shall We Dance?[2] Peter Chelsom is a member of the British Academy, the American Academy, The Directors Guild Of America, and The Writers Guild Of America.

Early life[edit]

Chelsom was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, the son of antiques shop owners Kay and Reginald Chelsom.[3] He studied at the Central School of Drama in London. He has dual citizenship in the US and the UK, and is an Honorary Citizen of the small town Fivizzano in Tuscany.[4]

Career[edit]

Before the age of 30, Chelsom played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company opposite Patrick Stewart, the Royal National Theatre alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins, and the Royal Court Theatre in London. During that time he took part in numerous film and television productions, including A Woman of Substance in 1985, which also included Jenny Seagrove and Deborah Kerr.

While acting, Chelsom developed a growing interest in writing and directing. His directorial debut, Treacle, won a BAFTA nomination and invitations to festivals all over the world.[5]

From 1985-98 he ran the film course at the Central School of Drama and later taught at both the Actors' Institute and Cornell University.

His first full length feature was the 1991 successful romantic comedy, Hear My Song.[6] The film was inspired by the life of the charismatic Irish tenor, Josef Locke, played in the film by Ned Beatty. The Evening Standard British Film Awards named Chelsom Best Newcomer for his work on the film.[7] Roger Ebert complimented it as "the very soul of a great small film."[8]

Chelsom's second feature, Funny Bones (1995), is a film about comedy. Starring Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis, Leslie Caron, Freddie Davies, and Lee Evans, it tells the story of two half brothers, one American and the other British, who will stop at nothing to get a laugh... even murder. Funny Bones won Best Picture at five European film festivals, and the “Peter Sellers Award for Comedy” at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.[9]

His third feature, The Mighty (1998), was based on the best-selling book Freak The Mighty. The film stars Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, Gena Rowlands, and Harry Dean Stanton. It received two Golden Globe Nominations.[10]

Peter Chelsom at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

He followed this with Town and Country in 2001, starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Garry Shandling. That same year he directed Serendipity, with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, which grossed $50 million.[11]

His next film in 2004 was a remake of the 1996 film, Shall We Dance? The American version starred Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci. The film grossed $170 million worldwide.[12]

In 2009, Chelsom directed Hannah Montana: The Movie for Disney. The film broke box office records when it opened in the USA to a figure of $32 million on its first weekend.[13]

In 2014, Chelsom directed Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno. The film had its US Premiere in a special presentation at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It tells the story of a disillusioned psychiatrist traveling the world, researching what makes people happy. Monte Carlo Film Festival named Chelsom Best Director for this film.[14]

Chelsom is currently finishing The Space Between Us, starring Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, and Carla Gugino, scheduled for release on August 19, 2016.[15]

It was also announced that he is also set to direct The Paladin, a WWII assassin movie based on Brian Garfield’s historical novel.[16]

Selected filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Actor[edit]

Awards[17][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Chelsom". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (October 15, 2004). "He's a Fool for Dancin', Despite the Briefcase". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Peter Chelsom". Filmreference.com. 
  4. ^ "Ha casa a Fivizzano il regista inglese Peter Chelsom premiato a Montecarlo - La Nazione". Massa Carrara - La Nazione - Quotidiano di Firenze con le ultime notizie della Toscana e dell’Umbria (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  5. ^ "FILM / When every second counts: Peter Chelsom made Hear My Song and". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  6. ^ Hinson, Hal. "'Hear My Song'". www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  7. ^ "FILM / When every second counts: Peter Chelsom made Hear My Song and". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Hear My Song Movie Review & Film Summary (1992) | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  9. ^ Chelsom, Peter (1995-03-31), Funny Bones, retrieved 2016-02-05 
  10. ^ "The Mighty | Golden Globes". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  11. ^ "Box Office Mojo > Search". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  12. ^ "Shall We Dance (2004) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  13. ^ "Hannah Montana The Movie (2009) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  14. ^ "Montecarlo Film Festival – Comedy for Spain wins Best film and Best actress awards in successful "Monte-Carlo festivalde la Comédie"". www.montecarlofilmfestival.net. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  15. ^ STX Entertainment (2016-05-25), The Space Between Us | Official Trailer | STX Entertainment, retrieved 2016-06-01 
  16. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming. "Peter Chelsom Set To Helm WWII Assassin Tale 'The Paladin'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  17. ^ "IMDbPro". pro.imdb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  18. ^ "Hear My Song | Golden Globes". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 

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