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Chris Dickens

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Chris Dickens
BornFebruary 1967
Alma materArts University Bournemouth
OccupationFilm editor

Chris Dickens (born February, 1967) is a British film and television editor. For his work on Slumdog Millionaire (2008), directed by Danny Boyle, he won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing, the BAFTA Award for Best Editing, and the American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic.

Chris went to Hailsham Community College in his teenage years and graduated from Arts University Bournemouth in 1990.[1] He worked in television for a number of years, including a stint with the director Edgar Wright on the television series Spaced. Dickens subsequently edited Wright's first feature film, Shaun of the Dead (2004).[2] He worked again with Wright on Hot Fuzz (2007).

Dickens' editing of Slumdog Millionaire has been discussed by several critics.[3][4] Peter Caranicas wrote, "'Slumdog' has a complex structure that interweaves three story strands into a single braid, yielding a rich, almost fugal narrative."[3] In May 2017, after over three months of shooting, Dickens was replaced as the editor of the film Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was released in May 2018.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2002 Sirens Nick Laughland
Cruise of the Gods Declan Lowney
Lenny Blue Andy Wilson
2003 Hello Friend Graham Linehan
2004 Seed of Chucky Don Mancini
Shaun of the Dead Edgar Wright
2005 Goal! Danny Cannon
2006 Gone Ringan Ledwidge
2007 Hot Fuzz Edgar Wright
2008 A Complete History of My Sexual Failures Chris Waitt
Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle Academy Award for Best Film Editing
BAFTA Award for Best Editing
American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
2009 Free Agents Richard Laxton
2010 Submarine Richard Ayoade
2011 Paul Greg Mottola
2012 Berberian Sound Studio Peter Strickland
Les Misérables Tom Hooper Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
2013 Wizard's Way Metal Man
The Double Richard Ayoade Co-editor
2014 Suite Française Saul Dibb
2015 Macbeth Justin Kurzel
2016 Genius Michael Grandage
2017 The Man with the Iron Heart Cédric Jimenez
2018 Mary Queen of Scots Josie Rourke
2019 Rocketman Dexter Fletcher
2022 My Policeman Michael Grandage


  1. ^ Peters, Oliver. "Interview with Hot Fuzz editor, Chris Dickens". digital films. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ Peters, Oliver (22 May 2007). "'Hot Fuzz': Police Raids & Color Grades". Videography. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Caranicas, Peter (10 December 2008). "Time-jumping movies challenge editors". Variety. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013.
  4. ^ Potosky, Mallory (29 January 2009). "Chris Dickens Weaves the Tale of A Slumdog Millionaire". Moviemaker. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011.
  5. ^ Masters, Kim (26 June 2017). "'Star Wars' Firing Reveals a Disturbance in the Franchise". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 June 2017.

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