Leading investor in the film industry in Kenya Charlie Simpson of Film Studios who passed away this month has been hailed by many for contributing to the growth of the sector in the country and to the world as well.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is one of the prominent persons who paid his tribute to the filmmaker remembering him as a great and jovial person.
The British Philanthropist penned down an emotional tribute to Simpson in remembrance of the nostalgic memories and good times they shared.
“He’d just want us to rejoice in laughter at his magnificent life and the delightful children and grandchildren that he has left in this world. ‘Don’t run out of birthdays,’ he’d tell us with a twinkle in his eye,” wrote the businessman.
Uncle Charlie as Branson refers to him, hailed from Glasgow before he moved to Kenya with his family and settled in the country he fell in love with.
“He fell in love with the country and its people, choosing to bring his family up there. I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with Uncle Charlie in Kenya, and we have had a memorable time exploring the countryside. As a great-grandfather himself, Uncle Charlie has given me lots of advice since I became a proud grand-dude. Uncle Charlie knew and taught us the value of storytelling, of connecting with other people and the world around us” Said Branson.
One of the most notable projects that Charlie Simpson worked on was a movie titled Out of Africa.
The Film Studios Kenya was formed in 1982 and has serviced at least 12 Academy award winning feature films which makes it the whole of Africa and also gives it a global record.
It holds an exemplary record in service and quality East Africa from the Nairobi station. It provides training for film and broadcast professionals as well proving equipment for hire to film producers as well as co-production opportunities.