His work lives through his films - producer Anant Singh remembers Sidney Poitier

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Sara-Jayne King

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His work lives through his films - producer Anant Singh remembers Sidney Poitier From Washington D.. book signing May 23, 2000 © copyright John Mathew Smith 2001 Date 24 October 2010, 22:49 Source Sidney Poitier Author Kingkongphoto & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA

- Local film producer Anant Singh shares memories of his decades' long friendship with the late Oscar winner

- Many of Poitier's films were banned by the apartheid government



South African film producer Anant Singh has added his voice to those paying tribute to actor Sidney Poiter who died last week at the age of 94.

Poitier, who passed away on Thursday, made history in 1964 when he became the first black man to win a best actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field,

Throughout the course of his career the actor, who was born in the Bahamas and moved to New York aged 16, starred in over 50 films including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and The Wilby Conspiracy.

He also starred as Reverend Msimangu in the 1951 British adaptation of Alan Paton's novel, Cry, The Beloved Country.

Singh says Poitier was a 'special person' and recalls 'cold calling' the star following the release of his first anti-apartheid film in 1985.

I said I need help in Hollywood and he said 'come whenever you're here', and invited me to his house for lunch...since '85 we've had a great relationship.

Anant Singh, Film producer (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Sarafina!, Cry, The Beloved Country)

Three years ago, I went to LA and once again we had lunch together...and he drove me to lunch, he must have been 92 at the time.

Anant Singh, Film producer (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Sarafina!, Cry, The Beloved Country)

He was a huge inspiration to me...growing up under apartheid, most of his films were banned in South Africa...his work lived through those films.

Anant Singh, Film producer (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Sarafina!, Cry, The Beloved Country)

He battled to become who he became.

Anant Singh, Film producer (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Sarafina!, Cry, The Beloved Country)

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : His work lives through his films - producer Anant Singh remembers Sidney Poitier

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