Magazine article Screen International

Respected UK Producer Simon Relph Dies Aged 76

Magazine article Screen International

Respected UK Producer Simon Relph Dies Aged 76

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Respected UK producer and film industry figure Simon Relph has died at age 76.

The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), of which Relph was a former chairman, announced it was saddened to hear of his death.

Relph was born into cinema. He was the son of the prolific art designer, producer and writer Michael Relph, best known for his long-time collaboration with UK director Basil Dearden, and grandson of the celebrated English actor George Relph, a star of the stage and big screen.

At the time of his birth in 1940, his father was an art director at Ealing Studios, an activity which would eventually expand into producing and some 30 credits including The League Of Gentleman and the Golden Globe-nominated The Assassination Bureau.

Following in his father's footsteps, Relph also embarked on a career in the film industry.

Initially, he worked as an assistant or second unit director on some 20 films from the 1960s onwards, before seguing into producing in the early 1908s via the Warren Beatty-starring feature Reds on which he worked as an assistant producer.

He fully broke into producing with the creation of the production house Skreba, alongside Anne Skinner and Zelda Barron shortly afterwards

It kicked offits activities with Rebecca West adaptation The Return Of The Soldier starring Alan Bates, Julie Christie and Glenda Jackson. Its arduous funding route was something of a baptism of fire for Relph and his two business partners.

Around the same time, Relph also set-up Greenpoint with Ann Scott. …

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