Two lost Peter Sellers films to screen at Southend festival

Two early films long thought lost, starring the British actor Peter Sellers (Dr Strangelove, The Pink Panther), have recently been unearthed and will screen at a film festival.

The two films, Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good for You, were uncovered in a skip outside the offices of Park Lane Films.

Film buff Robert Farrow had kept the reels among 21 film cans retrieved from the skip since 1996, when he finally opened them and discovered what was inside. Following restoration work, the films are now ready to be shown at the opening gala of the Southend Film Festival in Essex on 1 May. 

After the event, the films are expected to tour festivals around the world.

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