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.

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