The United Arab Emirates film community is mourning the death of Tim Smythe, who was known in Hollywood as the Dubai go-to guy for pics including “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Syriana,” and “The Kingdom.”
Smythe, who had moved from South Africa to Dubai where he set up his Filmworks company in 1998, died April 16 following a battle with cancer. He was 54.
Besides being instrumental to luring Hollywood shoots to the UAE, Smythe also played a crucial role in building the local industry. He produced the first Emirati feature, Ali F. Mostafa’s Dubai-set romancer “City of Life,” a local hit which held its own against yank blockbusters at the home box office.
Smythe is survived by wife Julie and three daughters, Kaya, Maya and Livia.