Porirua editor gets BAFTA
Porirua has had a big win at this year’s British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).
Film editor John Gilbert, who lives in Paremata, won the award for Best Editing for his work on Hacksaw Ridge. He was not in London to accept the award.
‘‘Driving the LA freeway when I heard. Had to pull off and reply to messages,’’ said Gilbert. ‘‘It’s huge, I never expected to win, with La La Land dominating the awards talk.’’
When asked when he hoped to see his award, Gilbert replied: ‘‘Not sure, hope someone will bring it back for me.’’
Set in World War II, Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of United States Army medic Desmond T Doss, who was at the Battle of Okinawa and refused to kill people.
He was the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honour without firing a shot.
Produced by Mel Gibson, the film has also picked up an Oscar nomination for editing.
Weta Digital was recognised for its work on Disney’s The Jungle Book, in which it was responsible for bringing King Louie and his troop to life.