A documentary on Academy Award nominee and British comedian Peter Sellers titled “A State of Comic Ecstasy” is in the works from BBC, as reported by Variety.
The 75-minute long documentary will reportedly “uncover the comedian’s talent, but also the endless complexities of his personal life” according to Variety, in what should be a fascinating look at the life of one of the best-known comedians of all time.
Sellers had a stellar film career, earning his first Academy Award nomination in 1959 with his live-action short “The Running Jumping & Standing Firm” which he co-directed alongside “Help!” director Richard Lester. He became best known for his over-the-top comic performances, including his Academy Award-nominated turn as various characters in “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” as well as playing Inspector Jacques Clouseau in “The Pink Panther.”
He also starred in Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” as Clare Quilty, a role very different from Sellers’ previous work, but earned the actor a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Included in Variety’s article is the following quote from BBC Arts Director Mark Bell:
“Peter Sellers had a profound impact on film and comedy, a genius as a performer but a mercurial personality; this in-depth look offers many revealing insights into his life and times, and I hope will offer an engaging diversion for people in lockdown.”
The documentary will air on BBC Two and is produced by Brook Lapping according to Variety, whose previous works include “Inside Obama’s White House,” “Attack on the Pentagon” and “The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair.” There is no air date as of yet, nor any further news on whether the documentary will show outside the UK.
Sellers died at the age of 54, with this coming July marking the 40 year anniversary of the comedian’s death.