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Roa Smeets Simba

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Simba is a 1955 British drama film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Dirk Bogarde, Donald Sinden, Virginia McKenna and Basil Sydney.  A British family living in East Africa become embroiled in the Mau Mau Uprising.

Alan Howard (Dirk Bogarde) visits Kenya to see his brother, who he discovers has been murdered by Mau Mau.

The box office success of The Planter’s Wife (1952) saw Rank become interested in making films about other contemporary Imperial stories and Earl St. John put out a call for story submissions to do with the Mau Mau Uprising. Anthony Perry obliged with a treatment and he was sent to Kenya, where his advisers included Charles Njonjo. The script was later rewritten by another writer.

The film was mostly shot in English studios, with second unit photography in Kenya. The producers had originally hoped to cast Jack Hawkins in the lead and used a…

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