News

July 2012
Praslin Pictures are delighted to anounce that Peter - A Study For A Portrait Of A Serial killer has won Best Foreign Film at the 2012 Alaska International Film Awards.


April 2012
Praslin Pictures are very proud to collect their Royal Reel award at the Canada International Film Festival - Vancouver. Executive Producer Jacqueline Jean-Louis and lead actor Walt Kissack took to the stage to receive the award.


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March 2012
The Praslin Pictures team are very excited to be heading to Vancouver to pick up our recently awarded 'Royal Reel'. The Ceremony for the Canada International film festival takes place Sunday evening local time.

February 2012
Peter has been chosen to receive the Royal Reel Award in the feature category at the 2012 Canada International Film Festival.

November 2011
The team went to the American Film Market and our sales agent MonteCristo Entertainment is finalising distributions deals for the US and Australia. Details to come in soon.

October 2011
Monday 24th October: The film is now officially available to buy on DVD.

Thursday 20th October: Peter is screened to press and an invitation only audience in Bradford, Yorkshire.

September 2011
Advertising for the release of Peter is confirmed across the following national titles: Daily Mirror (29th October), Sunday Times - Culture (30th October), and Metro (28th October & 4th November).

August 2011
Praslin Pictures and High Fliers are delighted to announce the following release dates for PETER:
Tesco Rental & Love Film - 10th October 2011.
ASDA, Sainsburys, Tesco, HMV & Amazon retail release 24th October 2011.

July 2011
Tesco, the UK largest retailer and Love Film award PETER four stars out of five.

June 2011
PETER will be receiving an "Honorable Mention" award for the Summer 2011 LA Art-House Film Festival.

May 2011
The last of the cast interviews edited for the DVD extras.

LA Centre Studios offer to put on a screening of PETER in Los Angeles in the Autumn.

Website totals over 25 thousand views of the trailers.

Highfliers PLC, PETER’s UK and Ireland distributor introduce 'The Media Communications Group' PR agency to Praslin Pictures to talk about possible marketing campaigns for ‘PETER’.

Praslin Pictures and Montecristo receive the thumbs up from movie buffs for the ‘PETER’ trailer.

April 2011
"PETER demonstrates outstanding filmmaking and deserves special recognition". Praslin Pictures wins a Palm at the 2011 Mexico International Film Festival.

Praslin Pictures and MonteCristo International, who are based in LA, New York and Rome, sign a global distribution deal. MonteCristo will be heading to the Cannes film market with 'PETER' in May.

March 2011
Praslin Pictures head to Los Angeles to meet international distributors.

Peter Sutcliffe's bid to go to the Supreme Court rejected.

Praslin Pictures show 'Peter' at BAFTA for cast and crew screening.

UK distribution deal formally signed with High Fliers PLC.

February 2011
Praslin head to Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market.

December 2010
High Fliers make offer for 'Peter' within 48 hours of screening.

Sales screening are arranged at Soho Film Lab.

Post Production is completed on 'Peter'.

The Yorkshire Post publishes a story on 'Peter: A Study For A Portrait Of A Serial Killer'.

November 2010
Ripper's appeal of whole life term begins.

The Sunday Express carry a story on 'Peter'.

A test screening of the film takes place in Bradford. Lead actor Walt Kissack and Director Skip Kite give radio and television interviews.

Final delivery of the ITN archive footage takes place. Jumbuck complete the sound design for 'Peter'.

September 2010
Telegraph & Argus article "New film looks into mind of The Ripper".

August 2010
Pepper Post start work on the VFX for Peter.

Composer Michel Duvoisin begins work on the score to 'Peter'.

Sutcliffe challenges High Court ruling.

Jumbuck start work on the sound design for 'Peter'.

July 2010
Film Editor David Rees begins cutting.

June 2010
Assembly edit of 'Peter' is completed along with promotional trailer.

May 2010
Principle Photography is complete.

The production moves on location to Cumbria to complete production.

April 2010
Principle Photography begins on 'Peter'.

March 2010
Home secretary Jack Straw says Sutcliffe will "not be released under any circumstances".

The Yorkshire Ripper seeks High Court ruling over the length of his sentence.

February 2010
Pre-production begins in earnest.

December 2009
Final script is delivered.

Casting of the lead roles is complete.

September 2009
Praslin Pictures are granted access to the News International library to complete final research.

A two day workshop is held in Surrey to refine script.

July 2009
Workshops begin for 'Peter'.

May 2009
Praslin Pictures begin watching through hours of archive content at ITN.

January 2009
Initial writing of 'Peter' gets underway.


Synopsis

‘PETER’ – A Study for a Portrait of a Serial Killer, is a feature length drama containing genuine archive that takes the audience on a unique journey into the mind of Peter Sutcliffe ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’. The 90min film starts from his formative years in Yorkshire, the largest police manhunt in history, to his on-going psychological treatment in Broadmoor Hospital. ‘PETER’ avoids the established genre clichés, of blood and gore and instead asks us to think about issues of retribution, punishment, compassion and guilt.


A Statement From The Director

One way to look at it is that filmmaking is a futile effort in reverse engineering, i.e. you start off with a perfect vision in your mind and go through a huge organic, collaborative process that constantly demands you to apply compromise upon compromise to that vision. And yet it is this very same organic, collaborative process that draws me to this particular art form; the thrill of the ride.

I was inspired by Adam Low’s fabulous BBC documentary ‘Bacon’s Arena’ and John Maybury’s film, ‘Love is the Devil’ about my favourite British painter Francis Bacon. Through Bacon’s actual interviews and these films I had clues to the direction this film would take in terms of things like sound design, set design, camera framing, pace, tempo, colour and so on. As soon as the heads of department came on board this project, they were strapped down and made to watch these films.

I was intrigued by the fact that no one had managed to make a feature film about Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper; that no one had managed to get it to out to a commercial audience. There were challenges in writing a script that would ensure that the finished film would not flounder onto the legal rocks and I was passionate about avoiding the genre clichés of misogynistic blood, gore and violence.

Peter Sutcliffe did not arrive from a far off mythical land, in the middle of a stormy rain lashed night; to paint him simply as a monster would have been too easy and, would in a sense, let him off the hook. I wanted the audience to face the fact that Peter Sutcliffe was in many ways ‘ordinary’, he was born and grew up in a close knit community, similar to communities around the world today. Richard McCann endorses this film, Richard’s mother, Wilma McCann, was 28 when she was murdered by Yorkshire Ripper, his first known victim. On a bitterly cold October morning in 1975, the five year old Richard was told that his mummy had gone to heaven. I am grateful for his support and the support of many other people affected by this man’s crimes.

There are no easy answers here, this film asks the audience to face their own feelings about retribution, vengeance, forgiveness and compassion. As I said at the start, filmmaking is a process of compromise and perhaps that is true of life.

Walt Kissack
Talented, upcoming actor Walt Kissack is the man who steps into the shoes of Britain’s most notorious serial killer. Walt is a versatile actor, with a commercial look and strong presence, both on stage and screen. He has extensive professional experience of touring theatre and has recently made the transition into film. Walt has always played demanding lead roles, ranging from a true story depicting the life of a heroin user, to the portrayal of Jesus in a national tour of an Easter Passion Play. Originally from Sheffield, Walt is now based in London.

Gary Sharkey
Gary trained at RADA and has worked extensively in Rep, including Exeter, Worcester, Nottingham, Perth, York, Colchester, and in Denmark as well as a season with the R.S.C. and productions in the West End and on Broadway. His television credits include 'Diamond Geezer', 'EastEnders' and several episodes of 'The Bill'. He has extensive experience in the film industry also including 'Once Upon A Time' for Endemol Films and two shorts for Streets Ahead Productions 'Prey for the Future' and 'To The Manor Drawn'.

Adam Lewis
For the past year and a half Adam has concentrated, solely, within the medium of film. After working on numerous independent productions, an award winning short film and even a pop video he is currently in the process of completing his fourth feature film.

Sanjay Kumar
Sanjay has been producing over several years, working alongside director Robin Bextor, on live concert DVD’s such as The Stranglers, AIR, UB40 and outside broadcasts for clients like Warner Music, Universal and EMI. He also helped finance the award winning short films Talking with Angels and Skin Deep, and produced a short film starring The Stranglers, Nicholas Ball and Susannah York entitled Norfolk Coast. Peter is the first feature length film he has produced.

Michael Miles
Michael has worked with Steven Spielberg, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, and Prince Edward to name but a few. He started his career in the BBC film unit, and has worked on numerous productions such as The South Bank Show, Timewatch, Storyville, and Cutting Edge that have won over twenty international awards, and music videos - including House of Fun (Madness) and Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush). He was behind the camera on some of the great Arts and History series of the 1990s, such as BAFTA-winning The Bigger Picture. He has filmed the biographies of Placido Domingo, Rudolf Nureyev, Pavarrotti and Ian Rankin to name but a few. Feature credits are as diverse as the popular Bollywood movie Ramji Londonwaley, to the dark psychological Scottish thriller Blinded. He has also worked on many TV dramatisations such as M.R James’ Ghost Stories for Christmas featuring Christopher Lee, The Battle for an English Bible, with James Fox and the multi-award winning Through Hell and High Water.

Mike Stringer
Mike, as an experienced artist in Silicone Prosthetic Makeup, has both won the Royal Television Society Award and been nominated four times in as many years for his company’s lifelike character work. With credits ranging from The Lord of the Rings, the 'Athens 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremony' and the BAFTA nominated hit Children's Television show Undercover Dads, Hybrid Enterprises (Hybrid Fx) are well regarded internationally.

Melanie Lenihan
Melanie is a Hair & Makeup Designer from the North of England. Having a background in Art & Chemistry has helped forge her way into the industry as a formidable Makeup Artist. Her diverse talents have allowed her to enjoy work in the Theatre, Film, TV and Photographic industries. Her photographic work has graced many a front cover, including OK magazine, Kerrang! and Cosmo Brides. Over the past few years Melanie has concentrated more on TV and Film work, enjoying productions such as A Passionate Woman for BBC One and Speak No Evil a feature due for release next year.

Alison Forbes-Meyler
Alison has been working in Film and TV for over twenty years. She has worked with leading industry directors, producers and actors, with several of the projects being nominated for BAFTA©, OSCAR© and GOLDEN GLOBES©. She has been nominated for a CESAR© for her costume design.

Geoff Dibben
Geoff has worked in the film industry for over 20 years as Assistant Director, Production Manager and Location Manager. He has worked on The Dark Knight, and also for Michael Mann’s Ali as well as The Last Samurai. Most recently worked as first assistant director on the Aerial Unit of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruise.

David Rees
David has mainly worked in television, at Granada, ITV and the BBC on programmes such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Touch of Frost, Inspector Morse, Silent Witness and Oliver Twist a six episode series starring Robert Lindsay, Julie Walters, Keira Knightley, which won Television Drama of the Year at the Television and Radio Industry Awards. He has also edited feature films like Compulsion a contemporary film version based on the Jacobean play The Changeling, starring Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra.

Andrew Stirk
Andrew has 10 years of 'sound' experience, ranging from his very first feature film Tomorrow La Scala which won an RTS award for best sound, through to two Best British Film BAFTA winners in My Summer of Love and This is England. He also mixed worldwide box office number one Mr Bean's Holiday and more recently became the first British re- recording mixer to complete a live action 3D film using the Avatar technology in Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Michel Duvoisin
Michel is Bafta nominated American musician, singer-songwriter and composer based in England. He has composed film scores, classical, rock, and experimental music, and is winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Award. Michel was Bafta award nominated for his soundtrack of the much praised BBC Storyville film Men Of The City, his music has been the soundtrack for many other awards, including Amnesty International Human Rights Film Award, Silver Horn Award, BBC2 Greenlight Award, Grierson Award and the Berlin Film Festival Best Documentary Winner. His soundtrack for the Praslin Pictures film “Peter” has been described as an extremely haunting meeting of Gregorian Chant with Classical Minimalism.

Bradford Telegraph & Argus
"Why Ripper film rings true to me"
By Steve Wright

18/10/2011

Yorkshire Post
"Heart of darkness: inside the mind of the Ripper"
By Sarah Freeman

01/12/2010

Sunday Express
"Yorkshire Ripper movie backed"
By Jane Clinton

28/11/2010

Bradford Telegraph & Argus
"New film looks into mind of The Ripper"
By Steve Wright

18/09/2010

BBC West Yorkshire
"Film telling Yorkshire Ripper's story shown in Bradford"

15/11/2010

Peter Factsheet
  • Genre: Drama
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • shot on 35mm with Panavision camera and lenses
  • filmed on location in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and in London at 3 Mills Studios
  • archive footage from ITN Source, BFI National Archive, BBC Motion Gallery
  • newspaper archive from News International

    Licences: All archive footage, newspapers, and songs have been cleared on the following basis:
  • 10 years - Worldwide - All media

    Legal Representation
  • Richard Moxon at Davenport Lyons, 30 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3NL - www.davenportlyons.com
Production Company
  • Praslin Pictures Ltd

  • 21 Berners Street
  • Lower Ground Floor
  • London
  • W1T 3LP

  • Tel: 020 7268 6420
  • Fax: 020 7637 4342

  • Email: contact@praslinpictures.com
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