Lost Peter Sellers films to be screened at Southend Film Festival

Southend Standard: Sellers in Death of a Salesman Sellers in Death of a Salesman

TWO ‘lost’ films starring actor Peter Sellers will be shown for the first time in nearly 50 years at next year’s Southend Film Festival after being discovered by a local man.

The findings of the films Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good For You, have been described as the “Dead Sea Scrolls of the film world.”

Robert Farrow, from Thorpe Bay, salvaged the films from a skip outside a film company’s office in 1996 when it was being cleared.

He took what he thought was 21 empty film cans home, thinking they would be good for storing his super eight collection.

Mr Farrow said: “I took them home, put them in a cupboard and pretty much forgot about them.

“During a recent clear out I found them again and decided to see what the tins contained - it was then I realised they were two Sellers films including the negatives, titles, show prints, outtakes and the master print.

The films were made in 1957 by the now defunct Park Lane Films.

The thirty minute shorts were made by Sellers as he tried to make his name as an actor.

Paul Cotgrove from The White Bus, who organises the film festival, said the call from Mr Farrow was out of the blue.

He said: “Robert said he thought he had some Peter Sellers films and asked if I’d like to show them as part of next year’s Film Festival.

“Of course I was interested straight away, but when I did some research I was gobsmacked to see that the two films are widely regarded by film historians as being lost Peter Sellers movies.

“Robert’s find is the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Film World.”

Mr Cotgrove now intends to have the films digitally restored and present them on the opening night of film festival on May 1.

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10:45am Wed 11 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I am not mad on Peter Sellers but i did like 'The Party' that one is jammed in my mind forever...Birdy Num Num.
amazing find though, wonder what sort of value they have.
I am not mad on Peter Sellers but i did like 'The Party' that one is jammed in my mind forever...Birdy Num Num. amazing find though, wonder what sort of value they have. DogsMessInLeigh

3:30pm Wed 11 Dec 13

SARFENDMAN says...

Bit like discovering unheard Beatles studio recordings, amazing stuff and guarantees sell outs.
Bit like discovering unheard Beatles studio recordings, amazing stuff and guarantees sell outs. SARFENDMAN

4:55pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Ronaldo Marteen says...

Sellers was funny and these films date from the time when he was at his funniest, before he disappeared up his own fundement, so it's good that they're back in circulation, but "Dead sea scrolls of the film world"!?!?!??! That's over gilding it a bit. Now if it was a print of "London After Midnight" that would be a different story.........
Sellers was funny and these films date from the time when he was at his funniest, before he disappeared up his own fundement, so it's good that they're back in circulation, but "Dead sea scrolls of the film world"!?!?!??! That's over gilding it a bit. Now if it was a print of "London After Midnight" that would be a different story......... Ronaldo Marteen

7:00pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Dearth of a Salesman?
Dearth of a Salesman? Kim Gandy

9:45pm Wed 11 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Dearth of a Salesman?
probably why they threw them out some plonker labelled them up wong.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Dearth of a Salesman?[/p][/quote]probably why they threw them out some plonker labelled them up wong. DogsMessInLeigh

10:25pm Wed 11 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Dearth of a Salesman?
probably why they threw them out some plonker labelled them up wong.
no hold on...that was its actual name...!!!!
a major coo for The white bus.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Dearth of a Salesman?[/p][/quote]probably why they threw them out some plonker labelled them up wong.[/p][/quote]no hold on...that was its actual name...!!!! a major coo for The white bus. DogsMessInLeigh

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