Michael J. Horton
|Born||Michael J. Horton
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Michael J. Horton is a film editor who works primarily in New Zealand. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the 2002 film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers that was directed by Peter Jackson.
Horton was born in Lower Hutt, Wellington, in New Zealand. He was educated at Saint Patricks College in Wellington. He began working as a film editor with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in the mid-sixties. He began working with the director Geoff Murphy in the 1970s. In 1981 he edited Goodbye Pork Pie (1981) with Murphy, which was very successful commercially within New Zealand and thus an important impetus to the development of New Zealand Cinema. Horton worked with Murphy on two other successful projects in the mid-1980s before Murphy's departure for the United States. Following Murphy's return to New Zealand, Horton and Murphy reunited on Spooked (2004).
The director's name is listed in parenthesis.
- Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy, 1981)
- Smash Palace (Roger Donaldson, 1981)
- Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983)
- The Quiet Earth (Geoff Murphy, 1985)
- Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (Murray Ball, 1986)
- The End of the Golden Weather (Ian Mune, 1991)
- The Sound and the Silence (John Kent Harrison, 1992)
- Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994)
- Cinema of Unease (Sam Neill and Judy Rymer, 1995)
- Forgotten Silver (Costa Botes and Peter Jackson, 1995)
- What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (Ian Mune, 1999)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002)
- Spooked (Geoff Murphy, 2004)
- "The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy Production Notes", webpage of the Houghton-Mifflin company archived at Webcite from this original URL 2008-05-12.
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