Laurence Williamson - Film Editor
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I have edited many types of peak time documentaries for all the main TV channels - on film, tape, Lightworks, Final Cut and Avid. I was voted one of the top ten UK film editors in 1999.

In 2007 a film I edited won the BAFTA Specialist Factual Award. Six other films I edited won RTS Awards. Other films have been nominated for RTS, BAFTA, Broadcast Digital and Grierson Awards, and been part of an EMMY winning series. See the list of just those films here.
  My editing credits include:
   
       

Contagion! The BBC4 Pandemic

BBC4/360 Production
75 min doc on the biggest citizen science experiment of its kind. Thousands of people download the BBC Pandemic app and help limit the next Spanish Flu like outbreak.   Executive Producer
 Danielle Peck
'A cheery piece of Reithian edutainment and a grave portent of our impending doom' - The Guardian    
       
Bergdahl
Coming Home - Bowe Bergdahl
 vs The United States
 
BBC4/Pathfinder Productions
90 minute doc for Storyville with unprecedented access to the US Army deserter and Taliban hostage branded a traitor by Donald Trump.   Presented and Directed
 by Sean Langan
       
Garden
The British Garden
 - Life and Death on Your Lawn
 
BBC4/Windfall
90 minute doc filmed over a year finding out just how much wildlife there is in a typical back garden.
Presented by Chris Packham.
  Produced and Directed
 by Tom Cook
       
Ardal
Ireland with Ardal O'Hanlon
 
More4/Big Mountain Productions
3 x 50 minute docs filmed around Ireland as Ardal discovers what it means to be Irish.
  Produced and Directed
 by Christopher Bruce
       

The Royal Good Guys
 
France 5/CB Productions
60 minute doc about the charitable works of four Royal Princes. Shown throughout (republican) Europe and the USA.   Produced and Directed
 by Alison Homewood and Christian Bidault
       

Griff's Great Britain
 
ITV1/Modern TV
8 x 30 min docs with Griff Rhys Jones exploring different areas of Britain   Produced and Directed by Christopher Bruce
"Words like 'testy', 'irritable' and 'curmudgeon' were invented for him, which is what makes Griff's Great Britain such fun"  Daily Mail    
       

OAP's Behaving Badly
 
C5/Barcroft TV
2 of 6 docs about people growing old gracefully - or not.   Produced by Lucy Sandys-Winsch, Sean Grundy and Richard Nash
       

Man and Beast with Martin Clunes
 
ITV1/Buffalo Films
2 x 60 min docs travelling the world with Martin Clunes as he looks at man's relationships with animals through the ages   Produced and Directed by Christopher Bruce
"Martin Clunes's affection for all creatures great and small is especially touching" The Guardian    
       

Forbidden Love
 
Zimbabwe release
A short drama shot in Zimbabwe about novelist Dambudzo Marechera's affair with Flora Veit-Wild   Written and Directed by Agnieszka Piotrowska
       

The Men with Many Wives

C4/Shiver TV
Obdoc exploring the world of polygamy as practised by British Muslims   Produced and Directed by Masood Khan
"An unusually clear-eyed documentary" The Guardian
"It deftly exposed the unfairness at the heart of these unions" The Telegraph
       

The Auction House
 
C4/Dragonfly
1 of 3 docs in the first series about Britain's most eccentric auction house and its wealthy customers.   Executive Produced
 by Charlotte Desai
       

When Bjork Met Attenborough
 
C4/Pulse Films
The two mutual fans discuss the origins of music and the relationship between nature and Bjork's Biophilia performances. I was brought in by C4 to bring this ambitious film to a successful conclusion.   Produced and Directed
 by Louise Hooper
"A delight to the senses" The Telegraph    
       

A Great Welsh Adventure - with Griff Rhys Jones
 
ITV1/Modern TV
8 x 30 min docs of Griff exploring different regions of Wales   Produced and Directed by Christopher Bruce
"Gorgeous landscapes, interesting history and good company" Documentary Pick of the Day - The Observer    
       

Escape from Colditz
 
C4/Windfall
Feature length doc recreating the most famous, planned WW2 prison break - flying a glider off the roof of Colditz Castle   Filmed, Produced and Directed by Tom Cook
Shortlisted 2013 Grierson Awards    
       

William, Kate and the Royal Baby
 
France 3/CB Productions
The latest instalment in our  Royal soap opera shown throughout (republican) Europe and the USA.   Produced and Directed by Christian Bidault
       

Perspectives - Portillo on Picasso
 
ITV1/Plum Pictures
Michael Portillo finds the parallels between his father's exile from fascist Spain and Picasso's exile from his homeland   Produced and Directed by Christopher Bruce
       

Mary - Queen of the High Street
 
C4/Optomen
Mary Portas tries to save Margate High Street in spite of some local doubts.   Produced and Directed by Colin Rothbart
       

Wonderland - High Society Brides
 
BBC2/Keo Films
What happened to five 'girls in pearls' who appeared on the frontispiece page of Country Life magazine during the last fifty years.   Directed by
 Hannah Berryman
"This beautifully crafted documentary" TV Times
"Unexpectedly touching, thoroughly engaging" Radio Times
   
Nominated Most Entertaining Documentary 2011 Grierson Awards    
       

Perspectives - Sergeant on Spike
 
ITV1/Silver River
John Sergeant explores the comic genius of Spike Milligan   Produced and Directed by Christopher Bruce
"Excellent - an intelligently edited pleasure of a programme" The Observer    
       

Poms in Paradise
 
ITV1/Century Films
4 of 8 half hour ob docs about life on Australia's Gold Coast for British ex-pats   Produced and Directed by Bruce Fletcher and Peter Beard
"Funniest show of the week" The Sunday Express    
       

Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones
 
BBC1/Modern TV
2 of 4 60 min films with Griff retracing forgotten routes. A pilgrimage route through Wales and a cattle droving route through Scotland.   Produced and Directed by Christopher Bruce
       

Wicked Pirate City
 
Nat Geo/Wall to Wall
Two hour drama doc about the sunken city of Port Royal and the real pirates of the Caribbean. 1 of 2 editors   Directed by
 Diene Petterle
"Choice of the Day" The Observer    
       

First Cut - The Pawn King
 
C4/Keo Films
Looking at the boom in easy but expensive money from online pawnbroking.   Directed by
 Kirsty Garland
"Shocking but eminently watchable" The Observer    
       
 
Ration Book Britain
 
UKTV/Optomen Television
Valentine Warner, Andrew Castle and Jodie Kidd explore what it meant to live through the rationing years in Britain,   Produced and Directed by Diene Petterle and David Robertson
4 x 44 min films edited, graded and on-lined by me in just 3 weeks for each film.    
Shortlisted 2011 Broadcast Digital Awards    
       

Make Me A New Face
 
BBC2/ORTV
Ben Fogle travels to Ethiopia with a team of specialist surgeons who perform life changing surgery on children severely disfigured by Noma   Produced and Directed by Abi Priddle
"The work of the surgeons is incredible to watch and the life changing difference it makes to the children ultimately joyful! The Times    
       

The Hospital
 
C4/North One
The episode in series two of the award winning programme about the hidden epidemic of Diabetes   Produced and Directed by Tom Coveney
       

Valentine Warner Eats The Sixties
 
UKTV/Optomen Television
Valentine explores how we ate in the swinging sixties   Produced and Directed by Joe Harding
2 x 44 min films edited, graded and onlined by me in just three weeks for each film    
       

The Posters Came From The Walls
 
Brown Owl Films/Mute Records
The fans of Depeche Mode filmed by Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller   Directed by Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams
Selected for 2008 London Film Festival    
"The most fun film of the Festival" The Observer
"Hilarious, brilliantly edited and politically fascinating" Dazed and Confused
http://theposterscamefromthewalls.com
   
       
 
The Best Job In The World
 
BBC1/BBC Wales
Following four young Brits as they try to win the job that's too good to be true...   Filmed and Directed by Agnieszka Piotrowska
"Many many thanks for being superbly brilliant"  BBC Exec    
       

Kevin McCloud and The Big Town Plan
 
C4/Talkbalk Thames
Filmed over five years, can good design rescue the failing town of Castleford in Yorkshire? I worked with Robert Thirkell across the series. 4 x50 mins. 1 of 3 editors   Produced and Directed by Hugo Smith
Nominated 2008 RTS Awards    
       

The Supreme Court
 
More 4/KHP
90 min obdoc following the first year of Britain's new Supreme Court. 1 of 3 editors   Produced and Directed by Karen Hamilton
       

Greatest Cities of The World - Rome
 
ITV1/Modern TV
Griff Rhys Jones explores the ancient city   Produced and Directed by Christopher Bruce
"Thank you for your excellent work - immaculately edited" ITV Factual Director    
       

Making The Universe
 
Mute Records
45 min obdoc following eight months of studio sessions as Depeche Mode record their album "Sounds of The Universe"   Filmed by Daniel Miller, Andy Fletcher and others
       

Nuremberg - Goering's Last Stand
 
C4/3BM
Two hour drama doc about Goering's rise to power and downfall at the Nuremberg Trials   Written, Produced and Directed by Peter Nicholson
"Superbly made, thought-provoking and gripping" The Observer    
2007 BAFTA Specialist Factual Award Winner
Nominated 2007 Banff World Television Awards
   
       

One Life - The Brick in The Wall Kids
 
BBC1/Silver River
The kids who sang on the Pink Floyd hit tell their story and of how they came through the controversy   Directed by
 Hannah Berryman
       

The Making of Me - Vanessa Mae
 
BBC1
The violinist tries to discover whether her musicality was the result of nature or nurture   Directed by
 John Holdsworth
       

One Life - Gail Porter Laid Bare
 
BBC1/Maverick Television
The blonde TV presenter comes to terms with the loss of her hair   Directed by
 Hannah Berryman
       

Dawn Goes Lesbian
 
BBC3/Zig Zag
The intrepid journalist Dawn Porter tries living as a lesbian for a month   Filmed and Directed by Alex Berk
       

Married to The Eiffel Tower
 
C5/Blink
Examine the little known phenomenon of Objectum Sexuals - women who have relationships only with objects, like The Eiffel Tower and The Berlin Wall   Filmed and Directed by Agnieszka Piotrowska
"Beautifully shot and fascinating - the film has reminded me why I like watching television" The Observer    
       

Cutting Edge - Bus Pass Workaholics
 
C4/Silver River
A look at Britain's 1.2 million pensioner workforce finding humour and sadness in their stories   Filmed and Directed by Hannah Berryman
       

Into The Big Wide World
 
C4/Ricochet
Following a project in south London trying to give a better chance in life to teenagers leaving the care system   Filmed and Directed
 by Jessie Versluys
"It's heartening to see a film that painstakingly avoids mawkishness and exploitation, instead we get to understand the quartet's hopes and fears" The Mail on Sunday    
       

Extraordinary People - The Boy With A New Head
 
C5/At It Productions
Following 13 year old Petero from rural Uganda to Dallas for dramatic surgery   Filmed and Directed
 by Alex Berk
Shortlisted 2007 Grierson Awards    
       

Jamie's Chef
 
C4/Fresh One
Jamie Oliver gives one of his trainees the chance to run their own business. 4 x 50 mins. Final edit of 1+2, edit of 3 and pre-edit of 4   Directors: Kim Maddever, Paddy Wivell
"It is shaped with loving care. If it were a sculpture it would be a Henry Moore. If it were a steak it wouldn't have an ounce of fat on it. Each scene whizzes by and each character zings off the screen" Radio Times    
       

Hannah Glasse - The First Domestic Goddess
 
BBC4/Optomen Television
Clarissa Dickson-Wright presents a drama documentary about the Georgian author   Directed by
 Diene Petterle
Nominated 2007 Glenfiddich Award    
   
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