Sean Mackenzie Editing Masterclass at Clones Film Festiva


Clones Film Festival have announced that Sean Mackenzie will be the subject of this year’s editing masterclass.


Sean Mackenzie is a double BAFTA winning film editor. He won the Best Editing Factual BAFTA in 2013 for Amish: A Secret Life, and in 2004 for Arena: The Many Lives of Richard Attenborough. His editing work on The House (1997) and Japan’s Tsunami: Caught on Camera (2012) was also BAFTA Nominated. Sean has edited twenty-three award winning or nominated productions, with sixteen different directors. Work includes films on Dirk Bogarde, Luchino Visconti and Francis Bacon for Arena, and Operatunity, Cult of the Suicide Bomber and Meet the Mormons for Channel Four. He has cut for Imagine, The South Bank Show, Storyville, Panorama, Horizon, True Stories, Damien Hirst …and for the man who inspired him to start editing, Ken Russell.

This special event will be hosted by UK-based Irish film editor FERGAL MCGRATH, whose credits include BBC historical films with Jonathan Dimbleby and Max Hastings and Channel 4 documentary strands Cutting Edge, Dispatches, Unreported World and First Cut.


The masterclass format is in an informal atmosphere, participants will gain an insight into cutting room dynamics. What’s involved in making choices? Who decides what? Method in the madness? Music! Emotional response and, well, the cut and thrust of an edit!

The event is aimed at professional editors as well as students, directors, producers, writers and all intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes.

The masterclass will take place on Saturday 26 October from 2pm – 7pm in Clones Library and the fee is €25 (concessions available to students, seniors and unemployed)  which includes refreshments and admission to a special screening of the Emmy nominated Arena film ‘Bacon’s Arena’.


For further information or to apply for a place, contact Geraldine Zechner at 086-8053070 or email:

The closing date for applications is: Friday, 18th October 2013 at 5pm.

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