Message: "Richard, please could you go down to the cutting room of 'The Killing Fields' and meet Jim Clark." From David Puttnam. I don't recall clearly what our first exchange of pleasantries were - but I do have a visual memory of entering Jim's cutting room as I was announced in by Bryan, his trusted assistant. A feeling of orderly calm, with light music playing in the background with an array of trim bins holding the strips of 35mm shot footage ready for selection. Jim was sat at the 'Steinbeck' considering his latest selection.
In Jim's book 'Dream Repairman' he cuts and splices together a rich life in the movie business - a great read and such a personal pleasure for me to have worked with on some of his greats.
"Jim Clark's book is witty, wise and wonderfully well written. Anybody remotely interested in the past fifty years of British cinema should lap it up." David Puttnam.
"Jim Clark is a master at his craft and 'repaired' my film as a director in ways that were beyond my knowledge or comprehension. Read 'Dream Repair Man' and you'll understand what I mean. I will be grateful to him for life." Gene Wilder.