Peter Webber


Peter Webber

Infobox Actor
name = Peter Webber
birthdate = 1968
location = UK
yearsactive = 1992-
baftaawards = Nominated: Best Film
2003 "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

Peter Webber is a British director who is best known for his debut feature film "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Hannibal Rising".

Early career

A self-confessed cinephile, Webber made his first short film, "The Zebra Man", straight out of film school. He then worked as a film editor, beginning his association with "Girl with a Pearl Earring" producers Andy Paterson and Anand Tucker on Tucker's drama debut, "Saint-Ex", starring Miranda Richardson and Bruno Ganz.

As an award-winning documentary director his subjects ranged from Wagner to crash test dummies via a series on the creatures of the deep oceans and "The Curse of the Phantom Limb". Moving back into drama he directed Simon Russell Beale as Schubert and explored the counter-culture of tunnel-dwelling road protesters in "Underground", before creating huge controversy with the Channel Four mini-series "Men Only" charting the decline into crime and debauchery of the formerly respectable members of a five-a-side soccer team. In the interests of fair play, his next drama "The Stretford Wives", for the BBC, starred Fay Ripley in a tale of women's revenge on men.

Feature films

"Girl with a Pearl Earring"

"Girl with a Pearl Earring", starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, marked Webber's feature film debut in a most impressive way. The film has received numerous accolades including 3 Academy Award Nominations, 2 Golden Globe Nominations, 10 BAFTA Award Nominations and many others.

"Hannibal Rising"

Webber was then tapped by Dino De Laurentiis to direct "Hannibal Rising". Based on Thomas Harris' new book of the same name, and starring Gaspard Ulliel, Li Gong and Rhys Ifans this prequel shows a young Hannibal Lecter in three different phases of his life from his tragic childhood in Lithuania during World War II to his ten years in France up to his time in North America, several decades before his capture by FBI agent Will Graham in "Manhunter".

Filmography

As director:
* "Hannibal Rising" (2007)
* "Six Feet Under" (2004, TV episode "The Dare")
* "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (2003)

External links

*imdb name|id=0916424|name=Peter Webber


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