Life is a gas — literally, not figuratively — for poor Patrick Smash (Bruce Cook), whose gastrointestinal condition leaves an invisible cloud of odor constantly hovering around him. The smell drives everybody away except his friend Alan (Rupert Grint), who has no sense of smell. With Alan’s help, Patrick pursues his dream of becoming an astronaut and, along the way, learns the scent of both fame and infamy.
Peter Hewitt (born 1962, Brighton, England) is a British film director. Hewitt is a comic book fan and wanted to direct the Judge Dredd movie in the early 1990s.
Upon graduating from England’s National Film and Television School in 1990, Hewitt flew to Hollywood with his BAFTA award-winning short film, The Candy Show, in hand. Once there, he called executives from major U.S. studios and asked if he could show them his film. Soon after, he landed an agent and made his feature film directorial debut with Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Although not as big a success as the original, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the movie made a profit and Hewitt was on his way.
He turned to TV next, directing the first two hours of the mini-series Wild Palms. He directed Disney’s Tom and Huck in 1995 which was based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hewitt returned to Britain to film The Borrowers, based on classic children’s novel by Mary Norton of the same name. He… read more