Peter Maxwell


Peter Maxwell
Peter Magitai

(1921-01-23)23 January 1921
Vienna, Austria
Died5 April 2013(2013-04-05) (aged 92)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom/Australia
OccupationFilm and television director, scriptwriter
Years activeUnited Kingdom 1949–1977, Australia 1977–1990

Peter Maxwell (23 January 1921 – 5 April 2013) born as Peter Magitai, was a British, and later Australian director and screenwriter of television and film.


He was born in Vienna, Austria, to newspaper journalist Leo Magatai and wife Johanna, his family fled Vienna in the 1930s, and he changed his surname to enter the British Army, and after having been posted to India, returned to Britain to work as an assistant director to Alexander Korda in 1949, he worked briefly in Australia in the early 1960s, before returning to England.

In 1967 he emigrated to Australia permanently, where he directed such films as Country Town and television series including Bellbird, Rip Tide and A Country Practice.[1][2]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | MAXWELL, Peter". 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Peter Maxwell". Retrieved 8 November 2013.

External links

  • Peter Maxwell at IMDb