FILMING ON LOCATION IN 2022
Peccadillo Pictures and Pathétique Films are in pre-production on the eagerly-anticipated film of The Wrong People, based on the novel by the acclaimed author of The Servant. Delays caused by the pendemic mean location shooting was pushed back to 2022.
Robin Maugham’s gripping thriller - republished in 2019 - follows a repressed English schoolmaster lured into a web of intrigue in 1960’s Tangier, a bolt-hole for bohemians from around the world.
The story was inspired by Maugham’s own travels in Africa.
The property was optioned in 1971 by former Hollywood star Sal Mineo but the project was abandoned - until now.
FILMING IN 2022
'A GRIPPING THRILLER' - SUNDAY EXPRESS
Melton Hall: approved school
Until they were abolished in the United Kingdom in 1969, approved schools were residential institutions for boys convicted of minor offences and those considered to be beyond parental control.
The Wrong People focuses on the fictional Melton Hall Approved School in Folkestone, England - and the bohemian ex-pat community in Tangier in the 1960s.
Producer/Director - Screenwriter
A cult figure since the 1970s based on his screenplays for commercial films including House of Whipcord, Frightmare, Satan's Slave and Terror, David is a cinema historian - he wrote the definitive study of British exploitation films - as well as a Radio Times journalist, theatre director, former Time Out critic and prolific producer of short films.
He co-wrote the hugely successful 'Farndale' series of plays that continue to be performed around the world, and has collaborated with comedian Julian Clary for more than 30 years. In recent years, David has produced a documentary about pioneering erotic filmmaker Peter de Rome and the award-winning fantasy Trouser Bar, which delighted audiences at film festivals worldwide.
Screenwriter - Actor
Peter has worked extensively as a writer, actor and director, and contributed to numerous film projects as casting associate and dialogue coach. His production of Satyricon played at London's Phoenix Theatre and Off Broadway. Other West End productions include Marlowe's The Jew of Malta (Donmar), The Hardman (Donmar & Arts Theatre transfer), Beckett's Play (Bloomsbury) and many Shakespeare and Restoration plays in London and UK tours including Fenella Fielding in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, a unique multimedia production with Victor Spinetti. His thriller Deadlock was the last major production to star the late Simon Ward and his staging of Sir Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! played across the UK for two years.
ROBIN MAUGHAM, 2ND VISCOUNT MAUGHAM
Writer - original novel
Robin Maugham is known throughout the world for his novella The Servant, adapted into a celebrated British film by Joseph Losey in 1963. His career saw him write more than 30 books including novels, travelogues, plays and biographical works. In the House of Lords, he drew attention to human trafficking as "the new slavery". He died in 1981.
Speaking about this production of The Wrong People, Robin's former partner William Lawrence said:
"A great script, telling a compelling story. I was quite out of breath by the end of it."
Filmmaker David McGillivray writes:
The 50-year struggle to bring Robin Maugham’s novel to the screen is a story worthy of a film itself.
In the 1970s, The Wrong People could have changed the life of Hollywood star Sal Mineo: his first film as director. But it wasn’t to be.
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