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Film producer loses cancer battle

Simon Channing-Williams
Mr Channing-Williams worked on a number of films with Mike Leigh

A Cornwall film producer who worked on a range of movies alongside director Mike Leigh has died from cancer.

Simon Channing-Williams, 64, from Marazion, was well known for his work on the Oscar-winning production of The Constant Gardener.

He worked closely with director Mike Leigh on films such as Happy Go Lucky and Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winner Secrets and Lies.

Mr Leigh paid tribute to him saying he would be missed "universally".

Mr Channing-Williams' other Mike Leigh liaison credits include Vera Drake, Naked, and Topsy Turvy.

Mr Leigh added: "He battled cancer very bravely for nearly five years.

Charitable act

"His great phrase was 'let's just get on with things' and right almost to the last he was still working.

"He was a very extraordinary big man and he will be missed universally."

Simon Channing Williams lived in Cornwall

However, despite being well known for his producing skills, Mr Channing-Williams's legacy will also live on with his affiliations to the charity, The Constant Gardener Trust, of which he was a trustee.

The film of the same name, which Mr Channing-Williams produced scooped a number of prestigious silver screen nominations and awards.

Starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, the film was shot predominantly in Kenya and during filming the cast and crew decided to set up a charitable trust to specifically help the communities they had met and worked with during the shoot.

The trust's aim was to help improve basic sanitation and education for those in need.

However, its success snowballed with a series of medical camps and fundraising initiatives including the selling of locally-made crafts and artefacts by Mr Channing-Williams's wife, Annie, under the guise of Sweet Charity based in Marazion.



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