BAFTA nominee co-founded film club

Messenger Newspapers: Mark Eliott Mark Eliott

ALTRINCHAM Film Club is lucky because their co-founder, Mark Elliott has experience of editing and directing films.

His first BAFTA nomination in 2001, was for ‘Best Editing, Fiction’ for the BBC 1 drama series, Clocking Off and, the second, in 2002, for ‘Best New Director’ .

The Hale resident directed Barbarians, Secrets of the Dark Ages, a documentary series for Channel 4, filmed on location in four European Countries.

“I think getting nominated in different categories in succession is pretty unusual,” he said.

“BAFTA membership means I get to see films before they are released. So everything is fresh. That impression stays with me and helps when selecting films for the film club.”

The 51-year-old’s career began in 1983 when an editing company wanted someone as a runner for a week.

“They already had one but he was busy. 30 years on and I’m here.”

“Here” means editing the second series of the Johnny and Inel show, a comedy for teenagers on CBBC..

“It’s been bonkers because they’re still shooting it and I’m trying to edit the first episode too.”

This programme is already in line for a Royal Television Society (RTS) award.

Unforgiven and Scott and Bailey, which he edited, won numerous awards.

Sean Bobbitt, the director of photography for Unforgiven, used a camera with a high-tech sensor “I googled it but there was no answer ‘cos it was so new.”

Due to the demands of the profession he believes his greatest achievement is ‘staying married to Elizabeth for 27 years!’


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