Dear Peter

Dear Peter
Dir. Scott Willis [2016]

After discovering a large collection of handwritten postcards in a secondhand shop, filmmaker Scott Willis begins a journey to track down their owner. The messages on the postcards create a picture of unknown man called Peter.

But with the collection spanning over seventy years, a reunion seems unlikely. Who was Peter? How did his life end? And what happens to us when our time is up?

Dear Peter directed by Scott Willis. Music composed by Josh Sabin and Sound Design by Keith Duncan.

W I N N E R – Scotland Audience Award Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016

N O M I N A T I O N – BAFTA SCOTLAND NEW TALENT AWARDS 2016: FACTUAL

N O M I N A T I O N – Shortlisted for The Independent Award : Creative Edinburgh Awards 2016.

Screening at:

Yurt Cinema Summer Tour of Scottish film, Scotland, 2017.
Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival, London, UK, 2017.
London Short Film Festival, UK, 2017.
Open Film Night, Leeds, UK, 2016.
Leeds International Film Festival, UK, 2016.
Inverness Film Festival, UK, 2016.
Glasgow Short Film Festival, UK, 2016.

Made in 2016.

Recently I was featured on Monocle’s Culture with Robert Bond discussing my film, Dear Peter. With it being the UK summer, the episode was entitled “Wish you were here…”  and discussed at length about the almost redundant and old school holiday favourite… the postcard.

The episode also interviewed Tom Jackson, the man behind Postcard from the past, a twitter account where he posts pictures of old postcards with a line from the note on the back, taken completely out of context.

postcard-from-the-past-book

In the interview, I expressed that postcards contain a charm that cannot be duplicated in other forms of communication. Scribbles that cover up a misspelt word or the greasy fingerprint from the postman will never show up on your computer. These imperfections are very human, they provide an escape from the clinical nature of e-mails.

You can listen to myself discussing making the film Dear Peter and all things postcard here.