On Sunday 7 December, BAFTA paid tribute to five-time BAFTA nominee Terry Rawlings. A BAFTA Tribute: Terry Rawlings honoured Rawlings’ distinguished career in picture and sound editing across five decades, which has included work on films including Alien, Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner.
Amongst the industry figures that attended the event and gave tribute to Rawlings were: editor and director Stuart Baird, director of photography John Mathieson, and Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee and Director of the National Film and Television School, Nik Powell. Others who recorded tributes included: directors Ridley Scott, David Fincher and Hugh Hudson, and actress, singer and director Barbara Streisand.
Speaking of Rawlings, Nik Powell, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “Terry Rawlings is one of the great editors of both sound and picture. For more than half a century his work has been admired by all – not least the huge audiences who have, maybe unknowingly, experienced his influence on films like The L Shaped Room, Women in Love and Bedazzled in the 1960s, The Duellists, The Great Gatsby and The Devils in the 1970s, through to classics such as Watership Down, Alien,Chariots of Fire, Yentl, Bladerunner and GoldenEye. Across his varied career in sound and picture editing Terry has worked with directors from Karel Reisz and Ken Russell to Ridley Scott and David Fincher.”
At the end of the tribute event, Terry Rawlings was presented with a BAFTA Special Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to picture and sound editing. The five-time BAFTA nominee received the award from BAFTA-nominated sound re-recording mixer Ray Merrin – with whom he collaborated on ten films including BAFTA winners Alien, Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire.
Presenting Rawlings with his award, Ray Merrin said: “I had an exhilarating, informative and fantastic career working with Terry, a true master of his trade both in sound and in vision. Many congratulations Terry.”
On receiving the award to a standing ovation from the audience, Terry Rawlings said: “I can’t tell you just how thrilled I am…to receive this is just breath-taking. I’ve been so privileged, I’ve had a wonderful career and worked with some great people…”