Meeting Venus

Jim Clark - Dream Repairman

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.

I must have made the right impression on our first meeting, as we continued to meet after on 'The Mission, The Frog Prince, Memphis Belle, Meeting Venus and Copycat.

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

"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.

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Lord David Puttnam talks at DandAD

David Puttnam Alan Parker Bob Gill One of my lucky breaks back in the day was to have had the pleasure to work with David Puttnam and film editor Jim Clark. My first film with David was Cal in 1984 and I went on to do The MissionThe Killing FieldsWar of the ButtonsMeeting Venus and Memphis Belle.

It is a great delight to see that this coming Wednesday in the series of DandAD President’s Lectures, David will be talking along with Sir Alan Parker and Bob Gill on their work and 50 Years of Looking Forward. I will of course be there to meet up with David.

Here is The Mission title sequence for you to also see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRi-AYy-ViE

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