Documentary shows Bilcock made the cut
AUSTRALIAN film editor Jill Bilcock has thrived as a woman among men.
She turned a $30 a week production job in the 1980s into a glittering 30-year career editing the majority of Australia’s most successful films.
The Academy Award-nominated Moulin Rouge editor credits being raised by a strong single mother for her ability to cut through the maledominated industry.
“I never felt (being a woman) was a problem because I was brought up not knowing that there was a difference. I did have a mother who was a first female principal of a co-ed school,” she said. “I had quite a lot of confrontations (with directors). I just made sure that I voiced my opinions and that they were heard.”
Bilcock (pictured) will make her first trip to the Gold Coast tomorrow, where a documentary about her life in film Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible will screen as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival’s first #Femalefilmmakerfriday.
Her credits include Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding, Elizabeth, Romeo + Juliet and The Dressmaker.
Speaking about her many collaborations with director Baz Luhrmann, Bilcock said: “We killed ourselves laughing the whole time. He said nothing will ever be as good as Strictly Ballroom again because no one cared what we were making.”
She described a young Leonardo Di Caprio as “a true natural”.
She is currently working on a documentary about the late Michael Hutchence with filmmaker Richard Lowenstein.
“Michael was familiar, we did a lot of clips, so it’s a bit of love project for Richard and me,” she said.