And the cer­tifi­cate goes to ... John Gil­bert

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Porirua’s golden achieve­ments in the in­ter­na­tional film in­dus­try just got brighter.

Mayor Mike Tana pre­sented Os­car win­ner and Porirua res­i­dent John Gil­bert with a may­oral cer­tifi­cate at the Pataka mu­seum of art and cul­ture on June 2.

Orig­i­nally from Pukerua Bay, Gil­bert is now one of the in­ter­na­tional film in­dus­try’s most re­spected ed­i­tors and has re­ceived numer­ous awards and nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing the 2017 Os­car for Best Achieve­ment in Film Edit­ing and a BAFTA award for Best Edit­ing work­ing on Mel Gib­son’s Hack­saw Ridge. But he didn’t set out to work in the film in­dus­try.

‘‘I did his­tory at univer­sity, and there was a week­end Univer­sity Ex­ten­sion Course I did for six weeks one sum­mer on film mak­ing,’’ Gil­bert said. ‘‘I al­ways loved films, but never thought I could have a ca­reer in film. I took a hol­i­day job at the Na­tional Film Unit and never went back to univer­sity.’’

Gil­bert started out work­ing on doc­u­men­taries in New Zealand be­fore mov­ing into film and tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials. He twice won New Zealand’s best ed­i­tor award, and his work on Sir Peter Jack­son’s The Fright­en­ers led to him be­ing asked to edit the first Lord of the Rings films for which he re­ceived an Os­car nom­i­na­tion.

Jack­son, who was also raised at Pukerua Bay, launched his ca­reer film­ing Bad Taste al­most en­tirely on lo­ca­tion in Porirua. His Lord of the Rings tril­ogy won 17 Academy Awards.

Gil­bert has been in de­mand in­ter­na­tion­ally, work­ing with high-pro­file di­rec­tors such as Roger Don­ald­son, with whom he col­lab­o­rated three times, edit­ing The Novem­ber Man, The Bank Job and The World’s Fastest In­dian. He re­cently re­united with Mel Gib­son to work on his­tor­i­cal drama The Pro­fes­sor and the Mad­man.

His advice for young peo­ple look­ing to get into a ca­reer in film?

‘‘Watch lots of films and think about what makes them work.

‘‘Then find the best peo­ple work­ing in film near you and pester them for work, even if it means work­ing for noth­ing. Work hard and make your­self in­dis­pens­able.’’

Mayor Mike Tana said: ‘‘What he demon­strates is that it is pos­si­ble to be a world leader in your field, all the way from Porirua’’.

‘‘Work hard and make your­self in­dis­pens­able.’’


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