Peter Webber

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Peter Webber
Born1960 (age 61–62)
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
OccupationFilm and television director and producer
Years active1992–present

Peter Webber (born 1968[1]) is a British film and television director and producer whose debut feature film as a director was Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003). He subsequently directed Hannibal Rising (2007).

Early life[edit]

Webber took a one-year Postgraduate Film and TV course at the University of Bristol.[2]



Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, marked Webber's feature film debut. The film has received numerous accolades, including three Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and 10 BAFTA Award nominations.[citation needed]

Dino De Laurentiis tapped Webber to direct Hannibal Rising. Based on Thomas Harris' book of the same name, and starring Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li and Rhys Ifans, this prequel depicts a young Hannibal Lecter as he gradually becomes a serial killer.

Webber made his first short film, The Zebra Man, about sideshow performer Horace Ridler starring Minnie Driver.[citation needed]

Then, in 2012, Webber returned to the big screen with the World War II drama Emperor, starring Tommy Lee Jones.[citation needed]


He directed Simon Russell Beale as Franz Schubert and explored the counter-culture of tunnel-dwelling road protesters in Underground. His 2001 Channel 4 miniseries Men Only stirred controversy for its frank and shocking portrayal of the dark side of male sexuality. It is notable for giving early leads to Stephen Moyer of True Blood and Martin Freeman of The Hobbit.[citation needed]

In 2016, he directed the ITV miniseries Tutankhamun, starring Sam Neill.


An award-winning documentary director, Webber directed several programmes for Channel 4 about classical music including child prodigies, maestros and composers such as Richard Wagner. He also directed several popular science documentaries about a range of subjects including crash test dummies, deep sea life and phantom limbs.[citation needed]

In 2009, he travelled into the remote Colombian Amazon to film with the Macuna Tribe for a documentary called The Sand and the Rain.[citation needed]


Webber moved to Qatar in 2008 where he took up the post of Creative Director at Qatar National Day for two years. During this time he developed their film programme. While in Qatar he also executive produced several documentary films including Sarajevo Film Festival winner For the Love of Books, which was also the recipient of a Grierson Award in 2012 for Best Historical Documentary.[citation needed]





  1. ^ "Peter Webber". AlloCiné. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  2. ^ Papamichael, Stella. "Peter Webber The Brits Interview". BBC Online. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  3. ^ Leo Barraclough (21 October 2015). "BBC, China's SMG to Co-Produce 'Earth,' Release 'Sherlock' in Chinese Theaters". Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  4. ^ Laura Ospina (13 April 2018). "'Pickpockets': una película dedicada a Bogotá". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ Juliana Abaúnza (5 April 2018). ""Pickpockets": llega a cines el chalequeo bogotano en versión Hollywood". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ Santiago Andrade (12 April 2018). "'Pickpockets', otra mirada al cine colombiano". Retrieved 27 March 2019.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Marcela Vargas (10 April 2018). "Fábula de carteristas en Bogotá". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  8. ^ McCahill, Mike (30 August 2019). "Inna de Yard review – a poignant tale of resistance, resilience and reggae". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 31 August 2019 – via

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