Peter Wells Wiki
Peter Wells was an award-winning writer and filmmaker from New Zealand. Wells was mainly known for his fiction, but also explored his interest in gay and historical themes, in a number of expressive drama and documentary films since the 1980s.
Peter Wells Biography
Peter Wells was born in 1950 and died 18, 2019, in Auckland, New Zealand. He was well known for his fiction, but also explored his interest in gay and historical themes, in a number of expressive drama and documentary films since the 1980s.
Dangerous Desires (1991) Auckland: Reed Books. Short story collection. Won 1992 NZ Book Award for Fiction and 1992 PEN Best First Book in Prose Award
Died: February 18, 2019, Auckland, New Zealand
Education: The University of Auckland
Notable award: New Zealand Order of Merit
Movies: Desperate Remedies, Georgie Girl, Memory & Desire,
Earlier Life & Career
The first and (up to 2008) last feature film made by Peter Wells is Desperate Remedies (1993), co-directed with Stewart Main. This take on New Zealand’s colonial beginnings was selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival and represented an expressionistic alternative to the man alone machismo that dominated NZ film in the 1970s and 80s.
Wells has since concentrated on developing his writing career. His short stories and novels have been widely praised. But he has not entirely abandoned drama. In 1996 he collaborated with theatre director Colin McColl on an operatic dramatization of Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington stories, commissioned for the NZ International Festival of the Arts.
Two short stories from his 1991 collection Dangerous Desires have been filmed to date: Of Memory & Desire, the tale of a Japanese couple traveling around New Zealand was adopted by Niki Caro for her first feature film in 1997. The same year, working from a Wells script, Stewart Main directed the sixties coming of age story One of THEM! as an hour-long short.
In 1998, with Stephanie Johnson, he founded the Auckland Writers Festival and in 2016 he founded same-same but different Festival to advance the interests of LGBTQI writers.
Wells’ 2003 novel Iridescence was a runner up in the fiction category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and a finalist in the 2005 Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize.
In 2006 Peter Wells was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to literature and film.
On 18 February 2019 Wells died at Mercy Hospice in Auckland.
Peter Wells Death Cause
RIP Peter Wells. Condolences to family and friends. So many amazing works you gave us,” another said.
“Peter Wells died this afternoon. He faced his illness with great courage and dignity. Condolences to his friends and especially to Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins,” one wrote.”
Wells was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2017 and began writing on his private Facebook page about them the same month.
The posts traced his journey from diagnosis, through chemotherapy and, most recently in late March 2018, to the point where his oncologist told him his tumors had shrunk by half.
Wells wrote numerous short stories titled Dangerous Desires and he was the author of New Zealand’s first gay-themed work published by an openly gay writer.
In 2006, Wells was announced as a member in the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to literature and film.