Peter Honess

Peter Honess (born 1946) is a British film editor with more than thirty film credits dating from 1973.[1] Honess received the 1997 BAFTA Award for Best Editing for his work on L.A. Confidential.

Peter Honess
Born (1946-08-08) 8 August 1946
OccupationFilm editor


Honess was educated at Queen's College, Taunton from 1956-1963.[2] He then became an apprentice editor at the United Kingdom branch of MGM, where his father was working. He moved to the United States in 1971, where he got his first editing credit for It's Alive! (1974), a cult horror film about a couple that become parents of a monster baby.[3] When Honess returned to the United Kingdom, he was again employed as an assistant editor. In all, Honess spent fifteen years as an assistant. Honess acknowledges the mentoring by British editors Tony Gibbs (Tom Jones) and Thelma Connell (Alfie), "Thelma was quite an extraordinary woman. I was absorbed by how she edited. She cut very, very fast. That was also true of Tony. He'd cut the film in his head at dailies."[3] After a ten-year hiatus, Honess was hired to edit the films Memed, My Hawk (1984) and Champion (1984), and thereafter he has worked regularly as an editor.

Honess's recent filmography includes Rob Roy (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Next Best Thing (2000), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Troy (2004), Aeon Flux (2005), Poseidon (2006), The Golden Compass (2007), I Love You, Beth Cooper (2008), Percy Jackson and the Olympians (2009), Burlesque (Cher's performance - 2010), Romeo & Juliet (2012), and Words and Pictures (2013).

Honess was nominated for an ACE Eddie Award for documentary editing for Following the Tundra Wolf (1974).[1] In addition to its BAFTA Award for Best Editing, L. A. Confidential was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing, an ACE Eddie Award, and the Satellite Award. The film was also included in a 2012 listing of the 75 best edited films of all time compiled by the Motion Picture Editors Guild based on a survey of its members.[4] Honess has been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors.[5]


Year Title Director Notes
1973 Hell Up in Harlem Larry Cohen Co-edited with Franco Guerri
1974 It's Alive
1979 Yesterday's Hero Neil Leifer Assistant editor
1980 The Dogs of War John Irvin
1981 Ragtime Miloš Forman
1983 The Hunger Tony Scott
1984 Champions John Irvin
Memed, My Hawk Peter Ustinov
Electric Dreams Steve Barron
1985 Plenty Fred Schepisi
1986 Highlander Russell Mulcahy
1987 The Believers John Schlesinger
1988 Madame Sousatzka
1989 Next of Kin John Irvin
1990 The Russia House Fred Schepisi
1991 Ricochet Russell Mulcahy
1992 Mr. Baseball Fred Schepisi
1993 The Real McCoy Russell Mulcahy
Six Degrees of Separation Fred Schepisi
1994 The Shadow Russell Mulcahy Co-edited with Beth Jochem Besterveld
1995 Rob Roy Michael Caton-Jones
1996 Eye for an Eye John Schlesinger
1997 L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated — ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Film Editing
1998 Mercury Rising Harold Becker
2000 The Next Best Thing John Schlesinger
Disney's The Kid Jon Turteltaub Co-edited with David Rennie
2001 The Fast and the Furious Rob Cohen
Domestic Disturbance Harold Becker
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chris Columbus
2004 Troy Wolfgang Petersen
2005 Æon Flux Karyn Kusama Co-edited with Plummy Tucker
2006 Poseidon Wolfgang Petersen
2007 The Golden Compass Chris Weitz Co-edited with Anne V. Coates and Kevin Tent
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Chris Columbus
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
2013 Words and Pictures Fred Schepisi
Romeo & Juliet Carlo Carlei


  1. Peter Honess on IMDb
  2. "Member Search" Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, website. Information retrieved 2008-07-13.
  3. "Fine Cuts", The Hollywood Reporter, 1 March 2000.
  4. "The 75 Best Edited Films". Editors Guild Magazine. 1 (3). May 2012.
  5. "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 4 March 2008.

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