Lost Peter Sellers Films Found

NPG x125638; Peter Sellers by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios

Whenever an empty skip is delivered to someone’s house, it is almost a free for all for everyone nearby to pile as much of their own rubbish and junk in it as they can before the owner of the skip has a chance to put any of their stuff in it. Every skip, without fail, always contains a pile of bricks,several old doors, one broken sofa chair and an old pram.

Park Lane films prefer to throw out hugely important iconic British films, as it’s been revealed that film buff and stig of the dump Robert Farrow has rescued two previously ‘lost’ Peter Sellers’ film celluloids from a skip outside the offices of Park Lane Films, and they are now ready to be shown at a film festival here in the UK.

Farrow originally found the film cans in 1996, but clearly embarrassed at being seen rooting through someone’s rubbish, he did nothing with them. It wasn’t until recently, when he decided to open the cans and view the film reels, that he realised what he had discovered.

The two films, Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good for You, have now undergone a hi tech scan,are are ready to be shown for the first time at the opening of the Southend-on-Sea Film Festival on the 1st of May. Festival organiser Paul Potgrove hopes that this rare find will draw a lot of film goers to the small but diverse festival. He said “Due to Peter Sellers’ iconic status with film fans around the world and the fact that he is sadly no longer with us, any ‘new’ material is bound to produce an enormous amount of interest.”

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Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.