LONDON — Oscar-winning editor Lee Smith, ACE, will be on hand at American Cinema Editors’ EditFest London (https://americancinemaeditors.org/editfest-london/), where he will discuss his career. EditFest returns to the UK on June 29th and will feature panels comprised of some of the industry’s top editors, all of whom will share experiences and insights from their work on feature films, documentaries and television programming.
Smith’s credits span more than 40 films and television projects. Hailing from Australia, he won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Editing on Gregor Jordan’s Two Hands, on which he was also the sound designer. As a sound designer, he also won an AFI Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his work on Jane Campion’s The Piano, and won an AFI Award for Phillip Noyce’s Dead Calm.
Over the course of his prolific career, his editing has earned Academy Award nominations (The Dark Knight, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and an Oscar for his work on Dunkirk. He has received numerous BAFTA nominations and key industry honors from American Cinema Editors, Broadcast Film Critics, Hollywood Professional Association awards, Satellite awards and Gold Derby awards, among many other accolades.
Smith has had long collaborations with directors Christopher Nolan, Peter Weir and Sam Mendes. In addition to Dunkirk, his work with Nolan includes Inception, The Prestige, Interstellar, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.
His collaboration with Weir began on The Year of Living Dangerously as a co-editor and includes Fearless, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Way Back, and The Truman Show. He is currently at work on his second collaboration with Sam Mendes after Spectre, the period war drama 1917. Smith has guided a number of other notable films including Suicide Squad, Ender’s Game, X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Dark Phoenix.
EditFest London takes place during one day at BFI Southbank. In addition to the conversation with Smith, the day will include three other panels. A complete schedule will be announced shortly. Tickets are on sale now with an early bird discount for those who sign up before June 1st. Early registration is encouraged as the event perennially sells out.
EditFest LA will take place in Los Angeles on August 24th at the Walt Disney Studios.