BAFTA to honour editing great Terry Rawlings
by Naman Ramachandran
- Industry great edited Blade Runner, Alien and GoldenEye
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will honour veteran editor Terry Rawlings at a BAFTA Tribute event on December 7. BAFTA produces tributes each year to recognise major figures in the film and television industries that have made a significant contribution to the moving arts. Recent honourees include factual filmmaker Roger Graef, broadcaster Delia Smith, costume designer Phyllis Dalton, production designer Sir Ken Adam, producer Betty Willingale, cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, animator Ray Harryhausen and director Nicolas Roeg.
Nik Powell, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said, “Terry Rawlings is one of the great editors of both sound and picture. For more than half a century his work has been admired by all – not least the huge audiences who have, maybe unknowingly, experienced his influence on films like The L Shaped Room, Women in Love and Bedazzled in the 1960s, The Duellists, The Great Gatsby and The Devils in the 1970s, through to classics such as Watership Down, Alien, Chariots of Fire, Yentl, BladeRunner and GoldenEye. Across his varied career in sound and picture editing Terry has worked with directors from Karel Reisz and Ken Russell to Ridley Scott and David Fincher. It is difficult to think of another editor with such achievements across so impressive a range of credits.”
Rawlings started his career as a dubbing assistant before working as a sound, dubbing and music editor during the 1960s and early 1970s, on films directed by Jack Clayton, Karel Reisz, Ken Russell, and Michael Winner. As a picture editor, he worked on several blockbusters and earned BAFTA and Oscar nominations.