Francisco Franco – Resolving an Enigma

The Producer

Philip Rattray Selkirk was born in 1964 in Oxfordshire in England. He studied history and business in Vienna and Berlin. After graduating he worked as a manager in the construction and property sectors in Berlin. In 1997 he changed to the world of film making, first working with Dieter Geisslers production company, Cinemagic, the makers of the motion picture »The Neverending Story«. Two years later Selkirk became a director with the film production company Taunusfilm/Cinemedia. As an executive producer, he worked on two films by Uwe Boll, »Blackwoods« and »Heart of America«, both German-Canadian co-productions. In the summer of 2002 Selkirk went independent and founded Selkirk Pictures and Enterprises Ltd.. In 2003 Selkirk made his debut as a documentary film maker with »Castro«, a co-production with arte and Bayerischer Rundfunk. Since then he has regularly produced films for arte, BR and ZDF and other television stations, principally in the public broadcasting sector. Not long before the assassination of the Pakistani Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto at the end of 2007, Selkirk produced his film »Benazir Bhutto – Daughter of Power«. Among the many internationally acclaimed films Philip Selkirk has produced and directed, perhaps one of the most notable is »Mille Miglia - The Spirit of a Legend« in which he pays tribute to the legendary motor race, the Mille Miglia, for the first time in feature film length. Soon after, he produced and directed filmic biographies about the German racing legend Rudolf Caracciola and the Belgian racing icon Jacky Ickx. In 2010, he completed the 90 minute production »Kaleidoscope of a City«, a promotional documentary about Wiesbaden, the capital of the federal state of Hesse. With the portrait of Francisco Franco as well as about the Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan, Selkirk continues his line of historic and political documentaries.