EX-HAILSHAM School student, Chris Dickens took time out from editing Hollywood blockbusters to answer questions from an audience at the Sussex International Film Festival this evening (Saturday).
Following a showing of Rocketman (Elton John biopic), a film he edited alongside director Dexter Fletcher, Academy Award Winner Chris spoke about his time at the school’s photography department and how his experiences shaped his future in film.
Chris is also the editor of Slumdog Millionaire, Les Miserables, Mary, Queen of Scots, Macbeth, Spaced, Hot Fuzz, Sean of the Dead and a consulting producer on the ‘Welcome to London’ Olympics show.
He has also worked with Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade among many others, and won nine top-level awards.
Interviewed by local actor Greg Draven, he answered questions on the future of AI in film, editing techniques in modern productions and spoke about how the teaching techniques of Photography teacher at Hailsham School, ‘Mr Gray’ inspired him into his career.
The Film Festival at the Pavilion continues this weekend with a celebration of student films with a glamorous awards presentation in the evening. Chris joins the judging panel alongside local composer and producer Simon Woodgate, festival director Gareth Jones and Emily Isaacs.
Tickets are only £3.50 and can purchased here: https://hailshampavilion.co.uk/