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Gerry Hambling

Gerry Hambling
Born Gerald Hambling
14 June 1926
Croydon, Surrey, England
Died 5 February 2013 (aged 86)
Occupation film editor

Gerry Hambling (14 June 1926 – 5 February 2013) was a British film editor whose work is credited on 49 films; he had also worked as a sound editor and a television editor. Hambling's editing of three films, The Commitments (1991), Mississippi Burning (1988), and Midnight Express (1978), has been honored by BAFTA Awards for Best Editing.

In 1976, Hambling began a notable collaboration with the director Alan Parker that extended over nearly all of Parker's films. The three BAFTA awards noted above were all for films directed by Parker. Chris Routledge has described their collaboration as follows:[1][2]
The collaboration with Parker has ranged widely, from the musical Bugsy Malone, through the partly animated Pink Floyd The Wall, to the grim Angel Heart and the strange story of The Road to Welville. They have been particularly successful with musicals, Hambling's talent for creating the illusion of movement proving useful where musical performances appear in films such as The Commitments, which Lawrence O'Toole called "a great swim for the eyeballs." Perhaps because of their experience in advertising, Parker's slick and striking images combine well with Hambling's intuitive sense of pace and rhythm, for example in the otherwise problematic Fame, and in the much trailed, but poorly received Evita.

In addition to the three BAFTA Awards, Hambling had been nominated for the BAFTA award for three additional films (Fame, Another Country, and Evita). Six films edited by Hambling were nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing (Midnight Express, Fame, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, In the Name of the Father, and Evita). Hambling had been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors.[3] Mississippi Burning won the ACE Eddie Award, and in 1998 Hambling was honored by the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award.

He died in 2013 at the age of 86.[4]


The director of each film is indicated in parenthesis.

See also


  1. Routledge, Chris (2000). "Gerry Hambling," in Tom Pendergast and Sara Pendergast (editors), International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers, Edition 4 (St. James Press), ISBN 978-1-55862-449-8. Online version of article retrieved December 12, 2007.
  2. O'Toole, Lawrence (1992). "Uncommitted", review of The Commitments in Entertainment Weekly, Issue #118, May 15, 1992; online version retrieved 2008-06-19.
  3. "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
  4. Parker, Alan (11 February 2013). "Gerry Hambling obituary | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 

Further reading

  • Perkins, Roy; Stollery, Martin (2004). "Hambling, Gerry (1926– )". British Film Editors: The Heart of the Movie. British Film Institute.  This short biographical article notes Don Fairservice's analysis of Hambling's editing in Mississippi Burning.

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