In 2003, Peter commissioned Gavin Hood to adapt Athol Fugard's only novel, Tsotsi, as a feature film. Together with his wife Henrietta Fudakowski who worked closely with Gavin as script editor, they produced TSOTSI in South Africa between 2004 and 2005 with funding from the UK Film & TV Production Company plc (of which Peter is CEO), the Industrial Development Corporation of SA, the National Film & Video Foundation of SA, and the co-production services of Paul Raleigh of Moviworld.
Peter graduated with a masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from The European Institute for Business Administration, INSEAD, Fontainebleau. But his first love was always for feature films. In 1979 Peter joined the First National Bank of Chicago with the thought that financing features films would be a good place to start his career as a producer. Working in the film financing department, Peter helped fund many an independent American movie over the three years with the bank.
However, disillusioned with the quality of the projects the Bank was being asked to fund, Peter left to set up his own production company with his wife Henrietta as script editor and head of development. Their company, Premiere Productions Ltd celebrated its 20th year in the film business with the production of TSOTSI. In the intervening years, Peter has written and produced many multimedia training films for the finance industry, winning numerous international prizes, and working with such talent as Jonathan Pryce, Miranda Richardson, Lindsay Duncan, Bill Paterson, and clients including Price Waterhouse Coopers, the Bank of England, Ford, The European Investment Bank, Lloyds and TSB.
Peter has acted as Executive Producer on films including THE LAST SEPTEMBER starring Maggie Smith, Fiona Shaw and Michael Gambon; TRIAL by FIRE and THE HELEN WEST crime series for ITV starring Juliet Stevenson and Amanda Burton. As CEO of The UK Film & TV Production Company plc (UKFTV), a company for which he raised capital in 2001 with sponsorship from Matrix Securities, Peter was instrumental in the making of BUGS 3D! - an IMAX film about the microcosmic life of insects. This 40 minute documentary has grossed over $24m worldwide to-date and is expected to continue screening around the world in Giant Screen Theatres for years to come. As a "bridge financier" and executive producer for Premiere Productions, Peter has also been instrumental in financing such features as: KEEPING MUM, starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith; PICCADILLY JIM starring Brenda Blethyn, Tom Wilkinson and Sam Rockwell.
Paul Raleigh is the Managing Director of Moviworld in South Africa and has been involved in the production of film in South Africa for over thirty years. He has overseen and produced dozens of feature films and television series, both local and international, including over fifty episodes of "African Skies" which sold around the world.
Paul has Co-Produced and co-operated with the following North American and European Organizations: Star Edizioni Cinematograf, UK Film and TV, 7 Arts, Pandora Cinema (France), Off the Fence (Holland), Nu Image, Harmony Gold, Franklin Waterman Entertainment, Atlantis Films (Canada), Cine City Productions, Arsinio Hall Communications, Kings Road Entertainment, Columbia Tristar, Unapix Entertainment and Miramax.
Some notable productions include; Stander (A 7 Arts Production, starring Thomas Jane), The Storekeeper (winner of 13 international awards) A Reasonable Man (winner of 5 All Africa Film Awards including Best Film) The Hangman's Daughter and Texas Blood Money (A Quentin Tarantino Series of films for Miramax), Born Free (Columbia Tri-Star) and "Tsotsi".