Film editor Gerry Hambling dies

Worked on several Alan Parker pix

British film editor Gerry Hambling has died aged 86, it was confirmed Monday.

Hambling was a regular collaborator of filmmaker Alan Parker, receiving five of his six Academy Award nominations and winning three BAFTAs for his work on Parker’s films.

The confirmation of the British editor’s death on Feb. 5 came just a day after Parker received the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Film Awards.

“He was undoubtedly one of the finest film editors that the British film industry has produced,” said Parker.

The pair’s collaboration started when Parker was a commercials helmer in the 1970s and Hambling went on to edit 14 of Parker’s feature films. He won a BAFTA for his work on Parker’s 1978 film “Midnight Express” and repeated the achievement with 1988’s “Mississippi Burning” and 1991’s “The Commitments.” Hambling received Academy Award noms for all three, as well as Parker’s “Fame” and “Evita.”

Hambling also worked alongside many renowned filmmakers including Jim Sheridan, editing “In the Name of the Father,” for which he received his sixth Academy Award nom, and “The Boxer.” His final film was Parker’s 2003 thriller “The Life of David Gale.”

He received a lifetime achievement award from the American Cinema Editors in 1998.

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