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      Peter Chelsom

      Peter Chelsom

      Highest Rated: 90% Hear My Song (1991)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Berlin, I Love You (2019)

      Birthday: Apr 20, 1956

      Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

      Although he played leads at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and the National Theatre before reaching the age of 30, Peter Chelsom cut short his decade-long acting career to concentrate on writing and directing films. His first effort, the short "Treacle" (1988), received considerable international acclaim, but several years would pass before he directed a feature film. Gaining experience at the helm of TV commercials, Chelsom finally realized his ambition with "Hear My Song" (1991), a sentimental, amusing whimsy loosely based on the real-life story of the beloved Irish tenor Josef Locke, co-written by Chelsom's leading man, Adrian Dunbar. He completed his trilogy of "hometown movies" with "Funny Bones" (1995), a show business fairy tale featuring performances by Jerry Lewis and Leslie Caron that blur the boundaries of their real and screen personae. Set primarily in his boyhood home of Blackpool, England (considered the entertainment Mecca of the North), "Funny Bones" endearingly resurrects show business nuggets from the past while depicting a decidedly twisted Oedipal drama involving Lewis and his two comedian sons, one (Lee Evans) which he had conceived and abandoned and the other (Oliver Platt), in whom he fostered then squelched ambition.

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      THE MIGHTY, director Peter Chelsom, Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, on set, 1998. ©Miramax HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, from left: Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, director Peter Chelsom, on set, 2014. ph: Ed Araquel/©Relativity Media HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, from left: director Peter Chelsom, Simon Pegg, on set, 2014. ph: Ed Araquel/©Relativity Media THE MIGHTY, Elden Henson, director Peter Chelsom on set, 1998, (c) Miramax SERENDIPITY, Peter Chelsom, Kate Beckinsale, 2001, (c) Miramax SERENDIPITY, Peter Chelsom, 2001, (c) Miramax HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE, foreground from left: director Peter Chelsom, Billy Ray Cyrus, on set, 2009. Photo: Sam Emerson/ ©Walt Disney Co. HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE, from left: director Peter Chelsom, Miley Cyrus, Lucas Till, on set, 2009. Photo: Sam Emerson/ ©Walt Disney Co.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Security Director - 2021
      11% 26% Berlin, I Love You Director - 2019
      16% 55% The Space Between Us Director $7.8M 2017
      38% 61% Hector and the Search for Happiness Director,
      Screenwriter
      $1.1M 2014
      43% 67% Hannah Montana: The Movie Director $79.6M 2009
      47% 57% Shall We Dance? Director $57.9M 2004
      59% 79% Serendipity Director $50.2M 2001
      13% 14% Town & Country Director $6.7M 2001
      75% 79% The Mighty Director $2.6M 1998
      63% 81% Funny Bones Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $527.0K 1995
      90% 76% Hear My Song Director,
      Screenwriter
      $3.0M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas Present Nigel Playfayre (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Indian Summer Oliver Sutherland (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Star Quality Bryan Snow (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Success Company Unknown (Character) - 1979