Peter Medak (born 23 December 1937) is a Hungarian-born film director of British and American films.
He was born in Budapest, Hungary to a Jewish family, but in 1956 fled his native country for England due to the Hungarian Revolution. There he began a career in the film business, starting as a trainee and gradually rising until he became a film director.
Medak was signed to direct television films for MCA Universal Pictures in 1963. In 1967 he signed with Paramount Pictures to make feature films. His first feature was Negatives, released in 1968.
Since then he has experienced an uneven career, producing some significant successes and a number of what were considered commercial failures. Some of his most notable works are: The Ruling Class (1972); The Changeling (1980); The Krays (1990), written by the artist and dramatist Philip Ridley; and Let Him Have It (1991). He has also directed a number of television episodes and movies, including… read more