Joe Walker (editor)

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Joe Walker
Born (1963-10-02) October 2, 1963 (age 51)
United Kingdom
Occupation Film editor

Joe Walker (born 2 October 1963) is a British film editor. He is nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for his work on 12 Years a Slave (2013).[1][2] He was nominated for an Evening Standard Award in 2009, a British Independent Film Award in 2010,[3] and a Golden Satellite Award in 2011.[4] He won best editor at the European Film Awards for Shame in 2012.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Walker learned his craft in the BBC’s Film Department at Ealing Studios.[6][7] As a Sound Editor, he coaxed animal impersonator Percy Edwards out of retirement to provide gorilla noises for Philip Saville’s series First Born.[8] After cutting classical music documentaries for the BBC, Walker broke into editing drama with Julian Farino’s Out of the Blue and comedy with two series of David Renwick’s Jonathan Creek.

Walker has cut many British TV programs: Jimmy McGovern’s The Lakes; Eroica and The Virgin Queen for the BBC; ITV blockbuster Doctor Zhivago starring Sam Neill and Keira Knightley; Sword of Honour for Channel 4, starring Daniel Craig; The Devil's Whore, for director Marc Munden and Tommy Tiernan for director Richard Ayoade.

Walker has edited such films as The Escapist (2008), written and directed by Rupert Wyatt, Harry Brown (2009), starring Michael Caine as a modern day vigilante, and Brighton Rock (2010), a reworking of the Graham Greene classic that set the action against a backdrop of the Mod and Rocker riots of 1964.

In 2010, Walker cut the innovative documentary-feature Life in a Day for Academy award-winning director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott. A unique cinematic experiment, it was filmed by YouTube users around the world on a single day in July 2010 and is distilled from the 4,500 hours of footage submitted. The movie premiered at Sundance in January 2011.[9][10]

Walker’s most notable partnership has been with artist-turned-director Steve McQueen. Their first film, Hunger (2008), was an unflinching portrayal of the IRA hunger strikes at Long Kesh starring Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands. It won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.[11] Joining again the team of McQueen, Fassbender and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, Walker cut Shame (2011). This told the story of a handsome, successful Manhattanite navigating the reckless terrain of sexual obsession on a path towards self-destruction. Their third collaboration was 12 Years a Slave (2013), the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, set in 1840s Louisiana. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti.

Walker has been a regular guest of The Watersprite Film Festival,[7] The Disposable Film Festival[12] and The Luma Film Festival,[13] as well as serving on the juries of LIFF, BAFTA and RTS.

In 1984, Walker received his B.A. degree in music at the University of York.[14] His music has been played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, live in Trafalgar Square.[15] He wrote the score for the BBC/HBO drama Dirty War.[16]


Feature films[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Award for Best Achievement in Film Editing 2014[edit]

BAFTA Award for Best Editing 2014[edit]

American Cinema Editors for Best Edited Feature Film 2014[edit]

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing 2014[edit]

Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing 2014[edit]

Golden Satellite Award for Best Film Editing 2014[edit]

Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing 2014[edit]

Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Film Editing 2013[edit]

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing 2013[edit]

San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing 2013[edit]

European Film Awards for Best Editor 2012[edit]

British Independent Film Award for Best Technical Achievement 2011[edit]

Golden Satellite Award for Best Film Editing 2011[edit]

Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Technical Achievement 2009[edit]


  1. ^ "Nominees for the 86th Oscars". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 
  2. ^ "BAFTA Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 
  3. ^ "Nominations 2011". The Moet British Independent Film Awards. 
  4. ^ "Satellite Awards". international press academy. 
  5. ^ "Winners of the 25th European Film Awards". European Film Academy. 
  6. ^ "Ealing Studios History". Ealing Times. 
  7. ^ a b Porter, Bradley (2011-06-28). "Interview: Joe Walker: Life in a Day – Editor". eat sleep live film. 
  8. ^ "Joe Walker "Life in a day"". Center Stage with Mark Gordon. 2011-07-19. 
  9. ^ Pahle first= Rebecca. "Joe Walker edits Life in a Day". MovieMaker Magazine. 
  10. ^ "Life in a Day-About the Production". National Geographic. 
  11. ^ Singh, Anita. "UK's Hunger wins best debut feature". The Telegraph. 
  12. ^ "Disposable Film Festival". 
  13. ^ "Luma Film Festival". University of York. 
  14. ^ "Joe Walker - Music". University of York. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  15. ^ "Rolf Harris takes on John Constable live from Trafalgar Square in Rolf on Art - The Big Event". BBC Press Office. BBC. 
  16. ^ "Hunger". IFC Press Notes. IFC. 

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