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PETER CHELSOM CHECKS IN AT BARE.

Bare Films mark their fifteenth anniversary by adding film director Peter Chelsom to their roster.

The Blackpool native cut his teeth at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre before making the leap from the stage to the big screen. A seasoned director, Chelsom believes his ambitious spirit keeps him at the top of his game.

Bare are supremely chuffed with their new addition. MD Helen Hadfield says of Chelsom's filmmaking style: "He understands what makes a film entertaining and that's a very special gift because it instantly endears you to an audience."


My films were becoming too normal and I like to think I'm stranger than that.

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That's a useful skill to have. How's Chelsom's reel looking so far? Regular cinemagoers will be familiar with Chelsom's work. Flitting between dramatic projects ('The Mighty') and more light-footed fare ('Shall We Dance?'), he's demonstrated a knack for uplifting work.

Speaking of which, his most recent film - 'The Space Between Us' - offered a space-faring spin on teen romance.


With a cast including Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, and Gary Oldman, it's clear Chelsom enjoys bringing rising and established talent together.

He's also keen to harness British star power wherever possible, directing Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike in 'Hector and the Search for Happiness'.



Clearly a fine talent wrangler. How does he view his Hollywood career? He admits there have been ups and downs: "Without sounding too dramatic, something had died in me because of the nonsense and pressure of making movies in Hollywood."

It's an honest appraisal, but Chelsom believes such introspection has encouraged him to pursue more satisfying projects: "My films were becoming too normal and I like to think I'm stranger than that."


I suppose there's no light without dark and I like the fact that there's an expression of that in Peter's films without being heavy about it.

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Stranger things lie ahead then? Whatever Chelsom decides to do next, you can be sure Bare are behind him. Helen Hadfield says: "There's a sharp wit and penetrating insights in Peter's films.

"I suppose there's no light without dark and I like the fact that there's an expression of that in Peter's films without being heavy about it."

For more on Peter Chelsom or Bare's fifteenth birthday shindig, speak to Kat Downs on 020 7758 4170 or via email at kat@barefilms.co.uk.

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