Peter Chelsom

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1956 in LancashireGB

Filmography

Director (10)

The Space Between Us 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Hector and the Search for Happiness 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Hannah Montana: The Movie 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Shall We Dance? 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Serendipity 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Town & Country 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Funny Bones 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Hear My Song 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Treacle 1987 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (9)

Psych 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Sorrell and Son 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Miser 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Indian Summer 1986 (Movie)

Oliver Sutherland (Actor)

Christmas Present 1984 (Movie)

Nigel Playfayre (Actor)

A Woman of Substance (TV Show)

Actor

Cream in My Coffee (TV Show)

Actor

Star Quality (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Tulip Fever 2017 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Hector and the Search for Happiness 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Funny Bones 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hear My Song 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Funny Bones 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Reginald Chelsom

Father

Kay Chelsom

Mother

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England
Attended for three years

Wrekin College

Shropshire

Milestones

2009

Directed the film adaptation of the popular Disney series, "Hannah Montana: The Movie"

2004

Directed Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in "Shall We Dance," a remake of the classic Japanese ballroom dance film

2001

Directed John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in the romanic comedy, "Serendipity"

2001

Helmed the big-budget feature, "Town & Country" starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn

1998

Directed a film centered on the relationship between two youths, "The Mighty"; co-starring and produced by Sharon Stone

1995

Directed, produced and co-wrote with Peter Flannery, "Funny Bones"

1991

Made feature directorial debut with "Hear My Song"; co-wrote script with Dunbar, who also co-starred

1988

Made film directing debut with the 11-minute Channel Four short, "Treacle"

1987

Played a leading role in the British-made feature film, "Indian Summer"

1987

Taught a course for New York actors at Cornell University under the auspices of the Royal National Theatre

1985

Met Adrian Dunbar while both were members of the Royal Court Theater Company in liverpool

1985

Directed at the Central School of Drama where he ran a film and television course

Had supporting roles in such made-for-TV productions as "A Woman of Substance" (syndicated, 1984) and "Cream in My Coffee" (PBS, 1990)

Spent first six years of life in Blackpool, England

Made 16 commercials, including advertisements for Molson Canadian Lager, Tetley Beer and the Express newspaper

Initially trained as a photographer before going to drama school

Bonus Trivia

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About his graduation to a big-budget Hollywood production: "There is so much time dedicated to the catering, and assistants running around, and the faxing of maps, and the calling of agents because someone is not supposed to work that day. I yearn to do something that's uncomplicated." - Chelsom to The New York Times, Sept. 13, 1998

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