Curriculum vitae:


Extract from 'spotlight', an industry magazine in the US:

Talking to Peter Heath, you begin to think that if you never went to sleep again you might possibly achieve a small percentage of his output. No doubt about it, Peter has lived an extraordinarily productive life. He has made over 500 commercials (only the latest on his reel). He is a director, lighting cameraman, documentary maker, writer, editor, music video producer, CD-ROM designer, computer programmer and sometime actor. And most of what he´s done has won major awards.

All of which at a certain point became quite stressful. So he decided on a brief sabbatical, which turned into a seven-year, 100,000-mile sail aboard his glorious 43´ Swan - enabling him to hone his other talents as skipper and navigator.

Of course, for Peter ´sabbatical´ did not mean ´rest´. Wherever a suitable job opportunity arose, local sailors were reverse press-ganged into becoming crew of a different ilk, resulting in a dozen or so commercials, and a meticulously planned and executed CD-ROM about diving for the St. Martin Tourist Association. (Taking a busman's holiday from his busman´s holiday, Peter operated the Industrial Light and Magic Vista-Vision camera for the feature Speed 2, starring Sandra Bullock.)

A resourceful problem-solver himself, Peter sees nothing remarkable about his ´crew´. "Sailors can maintain everything on the vessel, and these days that means a lot of electrics. Live-a-boards are a self-reliant lot", he says. "If it breaks down at sea, there's no one to come and fix it. You have to do it yourself."

Nov 2008 to October 2014

Captain and navigator of sailing vessel ´Triptych´

Moved sailing vessel from New York to Sint Maarten for charter. Shipwrecked in October 2014 in Hurricane Gonzalos.

January 2008 to October 2008

Moved software company to Bath.

Created promotions and developed software to drive traffic for healthcare industry involving multiple pharmaceutical companies in US.

Organised for a new mast and rig to be built in Florida and shipped to Bermuda. Installed new mast and rig in Bermuda in April 2008. Anchored vessel in Dolly's Bay for shelter from any more hurricanes.

October 2007 to December 2007

Captain and navigator of sailing vessel ´Triptych´

My wife and I left New York's Montauk Point for Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean with an excellent forecast. The weather was a little lighter than expected and we were becalmed shortly before we entered the Gulf Stream. We're a sailboat so we rely on wind power. Consequently, we don't have tanks large enough to hold enough diesel to motor and nauseam. Plus, it's smelly. This delayed us a little and we fell behind schedule, causing us to reach the end of our window sooner than planned. Unfortunately, some rough weather cropped up, ushering in 50 knot NE winds, opposing the current and causing large waves in the Gulf Stream. Our boat, s/v Triptych, was dismasted in the stream. We later discovered the yard that had prepared our vessel cracked the mast at its base when stepping it, weakening it enough to sheer in wind we would normally be able to handle without much concern. We cut away the mast and rig and bid them farell. We started the donkey and steamed for 2½ days, reaching Bermuda with half a gallon of diesel in our tanks. We were obliged to re-open a previously closed down software company to finance repairs.

November 1995 to 2007

Peter Heath & Co., 101 Fifth Avenue, New York.

Worked with: Biederman Kelly & Shaffer in New York and directed and photographed Land's End commercial for Barry Biederman. Made commrcials for National Car Rentals, Ally Gargano/MCA, Computer Associates, Sonoma, Chrysler, Lands End - Harris Tweed, Dressed for Success (Roxette) and The Look.

CONCURRENT Captain and navigator of sailing vessel ´Triptych´

Sailed and navigated the sailing vessels ´Aldebaran´ and ´Triptych´ between New York and Venezuela, calling at Bermuda and the Caribbean Island chain from Tortola in the British West Indies and Antigua in the west,then south down the Lesser Antilles chain to Grenada, Isle de Marguerita in Venezuela and east as far as Isla Blanquilla and the Islands of Los Roques archipelago.

Studied Cold Fusion 2 programming language and became proficient.

November 1990 to October 1995

President, Director and Cinematographer for Peter Heath & Co, 101 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Worked directly with advertising agencies and clients to direct, produce and photograph television commercials for specific products.

Client list included General Motors Detroit, Chevrolet, Dodgeville, Computer Associates, McDonalds, Burger King, Elizabeth Arden, Ford Motor Company, Toshiba, Generra Clothing, Clairol, Sony, Israel.

September 1987 to November 1990

Director/Cameraman for Picture Music, 14 E 23rd Street, New York NY 10010 (a wholly owned subsiduary of Capitol Records)

Responsible for creative design for Music Television Videos for Capitol Acts, including Robert Palmer, John Taylor, Stray Cats, De Barge, Yes, Roxette, Anne Murray, Missing Persons and others.

Reached top of the charts 6 times. Won Kodak Award for night cinematography (De Barge/Rhythm of the Night) and nominated at MTV awards for special FX (Robert Palmer/Get it On, Bang a Gong).

April 1983 to August 1987

Director/Cameraman Peter Heath & Co. 258 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Represented in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago by Film Fair, Jenny & Co, N Lee Lacy & Shooting Stars

Won awards from New York Art Directors Club for Chevrolet, Generra Clothing.

December 1982 to March 1983

Captain/Navigator Sailing Vessel ´Omuramba´, Cape Town, South Africa

Sailed and navigated across Southern Atlantic Ocean between Cape Town and Antigua via the Islands of St Helena, Ascension, Fernando de Noronha, St Lucia, Guadeloupe.

Studied celestial navigation and became proficient.

May 1977 to November 1982

Director/Cameraman Peter Heath and Gang (Pty) Ltd., Noord Street, Johannesburg

Produced and directed television commercials for advertising agencies in South Africa.

Wrote, produced and directed music videos for Margaret Singane (Lady Africa).

Wrote, produced and directed documentaries for SA Wine Growers Association (KWV), Rhodesian Tourist Board.

Accounts included Barclay´s Bank, I & J Frozen Foods, Kelloggs and Five Roses Tea. Won awards in South Africa for Elna Press, Grundberger Stein and Flymo Lawn Mowers, Cadbury´s Dairy Milk. Won Bronze at Cannes for Anglo American Property Services with Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes.

June 1973 to May1977

Director, Creative Services Lintas International Advertising, South Africa

Achieved growth targets and improved creative standards dramatically. Introduced new briefing and execution systems that simplified and improved internal traffic control. Improved creative staff morale and increased individual output of staff members.

Won world wide recognition for Close-up Toothpaste television campaign. Clients included Lever Brothers, British American Tobacco, and many others.

April 1971 to May 1973

Senior Television Producer, Y & R, London

Worked with Copywriters and Art Directors to produce storyboards for clients. Liaised with outside production houses on costing. Supervised the production of television commercial to the highest possible standard.

Clients: Grandee Cigars, Smirnoff Vodka, Lyons Maid Ice Cream.

March 1966 to December 1970

Copywriter/Producer/Team Leader. Lintas International Advertising, South Africa.

Improved overall creative standard of team.

Won Loerie Awards for Natal Building Society, Pepsodent Toothpaste, Cameo Cigarettes, Walls Ice Cream, Luyt Lager.


Member Directors Guild of America.
Member of
South African Society of Cinematographers.
Aerial cinematography
RYA Captains Licence
Driver Licence