Ronin - Editing

Last Update: 19 September 1998

TONY GIBBS, A.C.E. (Editor) has worked with virtually all of the British New Wave directors who emerged during the 1960s. He became a head editor in 1959, and shortly thereafter began a successful collaboration with director Tony Richardson, editing such films as A Taste of Honey, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Tom Jones and The Loved One. Gibbs enjoyed a similar relationship with Richard Lester, editing several of his films, including The Knack, Petulia, Juggernaut and Butch and Sundance - The Early Years. And his numerous collaborations with Norman Jewison resulted in such films as Fiddler on the Roof, Rollerball (Gibbs received BAFTA nominations for Best Editing on those two pictures), Jesus Christ Superstar, Agnes of God and In Country.

Gibbs edited two films for Nicolas Roeg, Performance (another BAFTA nomination) and Walkabout, as well as Milos Forman's Ragtime, David Lynch's Dune, Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far (for which he was again cited for a BAFTA Award), John Irvin's Dogs of War and Don Siegal's The Black Windmill.

His more recent credits include Mel Gibson's The Man Without a Face in 1993, Caroline Thompson's Black Beauty in 1994 and Jeremy Leven's Don Juan DeMarco in 1995. His rare work for television includes the TV movies Crime of the Century, directed by Mark Rydell, and George Wallace, which marked Gibbs's first collaboration with John Frankenheimer.

"John is a wonderful stylist and has a knack for making even the most banal scene good-looking and intriguing," notes Gibbs, echoing the enthusiasm of all of Frankenheimer's department heads on Ronin. "And on a more personal level, I particularly like his loyalty. On this film, John surrounded himself with
people who had worked with him for 30 years or more."

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