Peter Cornwell is a film director from Australia.
Cornwell got his start working at The Australian Broadcasting Commission in Sydney, Australia. Cornwell left ABC in order to create Trephine Production Studios, which he used to complete his award-winning short Ward 13, a stop motion animation that enjoyed success at several international film festivals. Ward 13 received the FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics at Valladolid, and was short-listed for an Oscar nomination in 2005.
After the success of Ward 13, Cornwell partnered with Gold Circle Films and Lions Gate to direct the psychological horror film The Haunting in Connecticut. The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas and stars Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, and Martin Donovan. It was released in March 2009 and went on to gross over $77,000,000.00 worldwide.
Cornwell is currently in production on the feature film Mercy, an adaptation of Stephen King's short story Gramma, which is being produced by Blumhouse Productions, McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Universal Pictures. Mercy will star The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs, Super 8's Joel Courtney, and Frances O'Connor.