First time author and award-winning Filmmaker Peter Dickson has proven over a long period of time to be a supreme documentary storyteller. His compelling and emotionally gripping film work leaves real impact and stands the test of time. His unique style and crafting has resulted in numerous International Film Awards.
Peter began his filmmaking career over 20 years ago alongside his late brother Rob (who was tragically killed in a car accident). His newly released book 'He Was My Brother' tells this incredible story of two brothers' journey in the filmmaking world, and the horrific impact his brother's tragic death has continued to have on his life.
He Was My Brother
Lamenting how this was now the reality of his life, Peter Dickson sat with a sense of shame on the Psychiatrist’s couch. He was still emotionally fragile and shaking from the nervous breakdown he’d endured just hours earlier. The grief and demons lurking within following the death of his brother Rob, and his two sons in a tragic car accident a few years prior had surfaced without warning. When he heard the words of the Psychiatrist sitting directly opposite, fear consumed him. If he didn’t seek urgent help, he would be dead within 12 months.
Not only were they brothers, Peter and Rob were business partners and best friends. They were pioneering Australian Sport Documentary filmmakers. Being five years younger than Rob, Peter had always looked up to and revered his brother. Rob was his protector and mentor for as long as he could remember. They were part of a large family of six children. Five boys and one girl. Peter had always wanted to reach the peak of the mountains his elder brother had climbed. Rob was a commercial helicopter pilot, a missionary, an AFL footballer, and a TV reality winner on Australian ‘Survivor’. Peter’s only real claim to fame was winning the lottery and one million dollars. Born with serious kidney disease it was an affliction which hindered much of his ambition. He was always just one step behind his more popular and charismatic elder brother.
Raised in a toxic marriage between a religious mother and sportsman father, they still carried the scars, especially Rob. The two brothers would lean on each other and rely on each other from an early age. With similar personalities, humour and creative talents, it was a relationship unlike any other within the family. It would see them start a business together and change the landscape of sporting documentary films in the AFL world. It would see them ride the highs and lows of the business world, resulting in conflict which would tear them apart for the first time in their lives.
Tragedy struck in 2009 when Rob was killed in a car accident in South Africa. His two young sons were also killed. This would change the life of Peter forever. With the loss of his brother, he’d also lost his own identity. He began a manic quest to keep a filmmaking legacy alive. It would result in his own downfall. This is a story of love, emotional connection, achievement and pain. A story of mental health battles and an awakening of one’s place in the world.