• Screening
Peter Sellers surrounded by illustrations from some of the films that made him famous.
10 April - 1 May 2016

Masters of Comedy: Peter Sellers Film Season

  • Perth Cultural Centre

Celebrate the life and times of Peter Sellers with a collection of films from the peak of his career.

Screening Sunday evenings at 7pm.

  • April 10: The Party
  • April 17: Pink Panther
  • April 24: Shot in the Dark
  • May 1: Dr. Strangelove

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II. After the war he met Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, who would become his future workmates.

After the war, he set up a review in London, which was a combination of music (he played the drums) and impressions. Then, all of a sudden, he burst into prominence as the voices of numerous favourites on the BBC radio program "The Goon Show" (1951-1960).

Sellers made his debut in films in Penny Points to Paradise (1951), and Down Among the Z Med (52), before making it big as one of the criminals in The Lady Killers (1955). These small but showy roles continued throughout the fifties, but he got his big break playing dogmatic union man, Fred Kite in I'm All Right Jack (1959). The film's success led to starring vehicles into the 1960s that showed off his extreme comic ability to its fullest. In 1962, Sellers was cast in the role of Clare Quilty in the Stanley Kubrick version of the film Lolita (1962) in which his performance as a mentally unbalanced TV writer with multiple personalities landed him another part in Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) in which he played three roles which showed off his comic talent in play-acting in three different accents; British, American, and German.

The year 1964 represented a peak in his career with four films in release, all of them well-received by critics and the public alike: "Dr. Strangelove," for which he was Oscar nominated, "The Pink Panther," in which he played his signature role of the bumbling French Inspector Jacques Clouseau for the first time, its almost accidental sequel, "A Shot in the Dark," and "The World of Henry Orient." Sellers was on top of the world.

Screening four features from the peak of his film career, the season has offerings of Sellers work from two directors the populist Blake Edwards and the celebrated and reviled Stanley Kubrick. 

Dates and times

  • 10 April - 1 May 2016 7:00pm

Location information

  • Perth Cultural Centre Screen

    Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Amphitheatre, (Bordered by Roe Street, Beaufort Street, Francis Street and William Street)