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‘Midnight Express’ Editor Gerry Hambling Dead at 86

Hambling was known for his collaborations wth director Alan Parker

Gerry Hambling, the British film editor whose credits include "Midnight Express," "Pink Floyd: The Wall" and "Mississippi Burning," died Feb. 5 in England. He was 86.

Hambling, who entered the film industry at 16 as an editor's apprentice, was a longtime collaborator of director Alan Parker, editing 14 of his films.

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“He was undoubtedly one of the finest film editors that the British film industry has produced," Parker remembered.

John Grover, vice chairman of the Guild of British Film Editors, which Hambling helped found in 1966, remembered Hambling as a man of "warmth and understanding."

“He was a hard working technician who loved loud music and fast action sequences; he was rather hard on equipment but never got used to editing electronically as he preferred to handle film, something he could ‘see and feel,'" Grover said. “He will be missed by friends and colleagues for his warmth and understanding. It was an honor to have known him.”

Hambling won three BAFTA Awards, and received the Career Achievement Award from the  American Cinema Editors in 1998. He had also been nominated for six Oscars.

Hambling's last editing job was on the 2003 Parker drama "The Life of David Gale," starring Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey.

Hambling died in Burwell, Cambridgeshire.