Following a particularly successful year at Curious Film that added another two D&AD Yellow Pencils and a Gold Lion to his showcase, Peter Grasse took himself to Japan to launch the production company Dictionary Films. Dictionary opened in February 2016. By the end of May, it had already completed four advertising campaigns and had a feature film in production.
Meanwhile, Turbo Kid, the feature film that launched Curious’ post-production studio had wowed audiences and critics at international festivals. Curious’ co-production, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, was screening in cinemas throughout the world. And Curious had been named Asia-Pacific Production Company of the Year at The Ciclope Film Craft Awards for the third year in a row.
Peter joined Curious Film in 2004 as general manger and began shaping its reputation as Asia-Pacific’s most dynamic production company. With Grasse as executive producer from 2008, Curious has directed and produced some of the world’s most talked-about and awarded commercial campaigns and was ranked in the top three Production Companies of the Decade by BestAds. Grasse launched Curious’ film distribution company in 2010.
In 2015, Curious was given the honour of being Australian & New Zealand distributor of the Oscar and BATFA-winning film, IDA. In 2014, Curious’ feature, The Rocket, was selected as Australia’s entry to the Academy Awards, and Curious’ commercial division became Australasia’s most awarded production company for its many Cannes Lions wins in Film Craft. In 2012, Curious was selected for the second time to join the official competition of the Palme D’Or at Cannes in 2012, and was selected to screen at Venice and Sundance. In 2011, it won the Semaine de la Critique Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival for its short film, BLUE. In 2010, Curious produced two Cannes Grands Prix award-winning campaigns for Canon with Leo Burnett.