According to a Feb. 11 report from TheWrap.com, British film editor Gerry Hambling, whose credits “Midnight Express;” “Pink Floyd: The Wall;” and “Mississippi Burning,” has died at the age of 86. Hambling passed away in Burwell, Cambridgeshire on Feb. 5.
Hambling often collaborated with director Alan Parker, editing 14 of his films, including 2003’s “The Life of David Gale,” which starred Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet. That was the last film that Hambling edited, and it is also the last film that Parker has directed.
“He was undoubtedly one of the finest film editors that the British film industry has produced," Parker said.
Hambling was one of the founders of the Guild of British Film Editors in 1966. John Grover, vice chairman of the guild, said that Hambling was a man of “warmth and understanding.”
“He was a hard working technician who loved loud music and fast action sequences; he was rather hard on equipment but never got used to editing electronically as he preferred to handle film, something he could ‘see and feel,'" Grover said. “He will be missed by friends and colleagues for his warmth and understanding. It was an honor to have known him.”
Hambling won the Career Achievement Award from the American Cinema Editors in 1998, as well as three BAFTA Awards. Hambling was also nominated for six Academy Awards, five of which were films directed by Parker, including “Midnight Run;” “Fame;” and “Evita.” The sixth nomination was for his work on Jim Sheridan’s “In the Name of the Father.”