Pierre Speyer

Pierre Speyer, 1955-2023

Key grip.

Pierre left us at the beginning of November. His health had deteriorated in recent years and he went quietly, leaving behind many memories for the film community in Belgium and France.
He began his career as a grip in the early 1980s, working on major Dutch-language films such as Vrijdag, Zaman and Na de liefde.
Then in 1983, with his friends Benoit Theunissen and Rik Roesems, he founded the Key Grip System company. Thanks to its originality and inventiveness, KGS quickly became a benchmark in top-of-the-range machinery services in both Belgium and France.
With his new tools, he took part in cult films such as Toto le Héros, Les amants du Pont Neuf and Jack & Sarah.
His enthusiasm, good humour and strong character have left their mark on all those who have shared film sets with him. He had his own unique way of talking, which made him a very likeable and friendly person.
In 1993, he set up his own vineyard in the South West of France, producing red Madiran and a delicious sweet wine called Pacherenc.
He represented KGS in France, then integrated it into Panagrip.
Eventually he quited the film industrie to devote himself to the vineyards. Business being difficult, he was forced to sell his estate in 2013.
He returned to Brussels discreetly while his son Benjamin has taken over the family business, and has done so with great success.
Our thoughts go out to his family, whose smile and light blue eyes will remain etched in our memories.

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