Stephen Hopkins – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)


There can be fewer people in the film world who embody the moniker ‘flawed genius’ better than Peter Sellers. Adored throughout the world for his hilarious comic creations – not least Inspector Clouseau – the ‘real’ Sellers was wracked with private torment and a chronic lack of confidence. It’s a curious balance which director Stephen Hopkins exploits to lift The Life and Death of Peter Sellers above the usual biopic fare.

The film follows Sellers’ rise from radio Goon to becoming Britain’s most gifted comic actor on screen. Many of the set piece ‘film within a film’ scenes recreate his most famous character’s exploits and they are just as funny this time round. Gradually his fame rises until Hollywood comes calling, throwing his personal life into sharp relief. Continue reading