Out Of Africa 30th Anniversary
December 2015 marks 30 years since Meryl Streep and Robert Redford starred in Sydney Pollack's Oscar-winning film Out of Africa, projecting Kenya onto the big screen and around the world. Audiences were treated to the beauty and splendour of the Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara, and some of Africa’s most exceptional natural history, all soundtracked by John Barry's, haunting and memorable musical score. Visitor numbers surged and Kenya has worn the crown of safari tourism ever since. Oscar winner Meryl Streep stars as the Danish author Karen Blixen alongside Robert Redford who plays her lover Denys Finch Hatton in a movie based on Blixen's passionate writings about her life in the then-named British East Africa at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. As in her books, the movie captures the light and the smells of colonial Africa and portrays Kenya as it was - and in some respects remains today - in the beauty of its people, its culture, agriculture and wildlife. Out of Africa continues to stand as one of the most remarkable movies ever produced and in the 1985 Academy Awards the film won seven Oscars including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Picture. At the foot of the N'gong Hills on the outskirts of Nairobi lies the elegant 1910-built three-bedroomed cottage that was Blixen's home and nowadays plays host to a museum in memory of the author and her writing, drawing visitors from all over the world. In 1985 the National Museums of Kenya acquired the house for the purpose of establishing a museum and a year later the Karen Blixen Museum opened its doors to the public as one of Kenya’s national museums and a protected heritage site. It now attracts in the region of 45,000 domestic and international tourists annually. All Images: MANDATORY CREDIT: MAKE IT KENYA PHOTO / STUART PRICE.
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