Oscar win for Southfields producer's documentary

Producer Chris Branch with fellow producer Nick Reed at the Oscar after-party

Producer Chris Branch with fellow producer Nick Reed at the Oscar after-party

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A Southfields film producer is celebrating after his film won an Oscar.

The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life scooped the prestigious gong in the best short documentary category at the weekend for the three man team, including Chris Branch, of West Hill Road.

The film about the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz Sommer, won just days after the 110-year-old died.

Alice, who lived in London and was originally from Prague, had been confined in the camp in Terezin, or Theresienstadt, in Germany during the Second World War.

Ms Herz Sommer was a talented musician and an adept pianist and counted esteemed existentialist writer Franz Kafka among her family friends.

Mr Branch, speaking from Los Angeles following his incredible success, said: "Alice was with us in spirit.

"The whole evening was extraordinary.

"I am overwhelmed.

It was a culmination of three years work - it is wonderfully exciting."

After the ceremony, guests were invited to a governor's ball by limousine before some headed on to a Vanity Fair after-party.

Mr Branch waited for a limo with fellow Londoner and Oscar award winning director Steve McQueen and Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey.

The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life, is a 38-minute film, and was nominated in the best documentary short category alongside four other titles, including The Act of Killing, which scooped the BAFTA Film award for documentary a few weeks ago.

Ms Herz Sommer passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 23.

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