Peter Sellers’ Hector Dimwittie Trilogy
Niagara Integrated Film Festival
Friday June 20
1366 York Rd, St Davids, ON
Filmalicious, screening and party – $125 – doors open @ 6:30pm
Screening – $25 – doors open @ 8:30pm
Tickets available here: https://niagarafilmfest.com/peter-seller-mordecai-richler/
Canadian filmmaking legend Ted Kotcheff
and Dimwittie Ltd.’s Paul Cotgrove will be in attendance.
In attendance will be Messrs Kotcheff and Cotgrove, who will share in stories and anecdotes about Peters Sellers and Mordecai Richler in what will be a much anticipated chat
following the screening, as well as a Q+A with the audience.
(Toronto – June 13, 2014) In 1957, long before he was Inspector Clouseau – or even Dr. Strangelove – Sellers debuted his acting chops in a series of pre-feature film shorts, co-written by Lewis Greiffer (Dr. Who, Danger Man) and future Canlit legend Mordecai Richler. Now, 50 years later, these films – known as Hector Dimwittie Trilogy – will be making their Canadian debut at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival, on Friday June 20, at Ravine Vineyards, in a special Filmalicious Event.
The three half-hour films, Dearth Of A Salesman, Insomnia Is Good For You, and Cold Comfort, follow the misadventures of one Hector Dimwittie, a lovable loser on a quest to become Britain’s most successful salesman – pitching everything from tape recorders to toilet paper. The quirky black-and-white films take an anti-authoritarian stance, characteristic of post-war Britain, and they showcase Sellers’ amazing character comedy. Sellers would break out the following year in three features, including The Mouse That Roared.
“There was great interest among film festivals worldwide to get their hands on this treasure trove of film history,” says NIFF Founder Bill Marshall, “so a real coup for us and the inaugural edition of this festival. And my friend Ted Kotcheff promises to tell the best showbiz stories about Peter Sellers you’ve never heard.
The Hector Dimwittie Trilogy was initially planned as a series of 10 shorts, but the project fell by the wayside.
The Sellers/Richler collaboration – including negatives, titles, show prints, outtakes and master print – sat on a private shelf for years after the 1996 bankruptcy of London’s Park Lane films. Robert Farrow, who rescued them, offered them to Britain’s Southend Film Festival, where they debuted in May of last year.
The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is a film festival that aims to shine a cinematic spotlight on the Niagara Region’s extraordinary beauty while showcasing top shelf films from around the world. NIFF is run by an expert team of film festival managers, led by Bill Marshall, Founder and Chair Emeritus of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), the world’s most successful public film festival. www.niagarafilmfest.com
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