Helga Cranston

Helga Cranston (born Helga May) was a German film editor who worked in the British and Israeli film industries from the 1940s through the 1960s.[1]

Helga Cranston
Helga May

May 6, 1921
Darmstadt, Germany
DiedMarch 1, 2013 (aged 91)
Tel Aviv, Israel
OccupationFilm editor
Spouse(s)Mel Keller


Helga was born in Germany to Jewish parents; she and her family emigrated to England to escape the Nazis when she was 18. She edited films for directors like Laurence Olivier and Otto Preminger before moving to Israel in the 1950s, where she continued her career as an editor and also worked in academia.[2][3]

Selected filmography


  1. Anderman, Nirit (March 5, 2013). "Helga Keller, Leading Israeli Film Editor and Educator, Dies". Haaretz. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  2. "Tales of a film editor: the making of Olivier's Hamlet". British Film Institute. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  3. McMullan, Gordon; Orlin, Lena Cowen; Vaughan, Virginia Mason (December 2, 2013). Women Making Shakespeare: Text, Reception and Performance. A&C Black. ISBN 9781472539380.

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