Australian Screen Editors

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Australian Screen Editors (ASE) was founded in 1996 by Henry Dangar (who became its first president) and Jenny Ward. The guild is "dedicated to the pursuit and recognition of excellence in the arts, sciences and technology of motion picture and televisual post production. It aims to promote, improve and protect the role of editor as an essential and significant contributor to all screen productions."[1]

The current President of ASE is Fiona Strain. Immediate past presidents include Deborah Peart, Dany Cooper, Jason Ballantine, Karen Pearlman, Lindi Harrison and Peter Whitmore. It currently has about 500 members in all Australian states, predominantly in NSW and Victoria.


Applications for ASE membership are invited from professional screen editors, assistant editors, students of screen editing and associated film industry professionals. Applicants must have a folio of significant editorial work in film and/or television. There are three types of memberships: Full members, associate members and student members. Some notable members such as Jill Bilcock are members of both the Australian Screen Editors and American Cinema Editors. Members are not permitted to use the acronym "ASE" after their names on screen credits until they obtain ASE accreditation.


ASE accreditation is like an honorary degree given to members who have made a significant contribution to editing. There are currently 46 accredited members. Accreditation is presented at the annual ASE awards night and are given under the following guidelines.

  • It is an acknowledgement of a very strong body of work over a period of time.
  • It is given by editing peers and therefore has a high value attached to it.
  • It is an acknowledgement of an editor who has continued to pass on the craft of editing to those who want to learn.
  • It is an acknowledgement of an editor who has continued to work actively in promoting the values of good editing and editing practices.

Guild structure[edit]

The ASE has an executive committee based in Sydney (New South Wales) and sub committees in Melbourne (Victoria), Brisbane (Queensland),Perth (Western Australia) and Adelaide (South Australia), who meet monthly to discuss issues and organise events such as talks by industry professionals, technical events and screenings.


ASE owns and operates both "Editsearch", an online based bulletin board for ASE members providing information on editorial related jobs, and a mentor scheme, where younger or less experienced members can gain work experience with senior industry professionals. In addition, ASE also provides a wealth of resources such as an online forum, technical articles and information about Australian editing culture as well as the history of editing. A newsletter is also published quarterly and distributed to members.


ASE awards and accreditation nights are held annually in Sydney. Eligible members are presented with their ASE accreditation during this ceremony. The ASE Award itself is called an "Ellie" and resembles a small bronze Elephant with its trunk up and the winning film as a rubber stamp on the bottom. It is presented in the following eleven categories:

  • Short film
  • TV (factual)
  • TV (drama)
  • TV (comedy)
  • Documentary
  • Documentary (series)
  • Documentary (program)
  • Feature film
  • Commercials
  • Music Video
  • Open Content

The award for TV (comedy) is the most recent addition to the categories, having been added in 2014.

Best Editing in a Feature Film[edit]

Year Title Recipient(s)
2021 Nitram Nick Fenton
I Met a Girl Phillip Horn
The Furnace Merlin Eden
June Again Mark Warner
2020 The Invisible Man Andy Canny
Hearts and Bones Phillip Horn
True History of the Kelly Gang Nick Fenton
Unsound Scott Walmsley
2019 Ladies in Black Mark Warner
I Am Mother Sean Lahiff
Judy and Punch Dany Cooper
Sequin in a Blue Room Tim Guthrie
2018 Breath Dany Cooper
Jirga Nikki Stevens
Jungle Sean Lahiff
Sweet Country Nick Meyers
Upgrade Andy Canny
2017 Lion Alexandre de Franceschi
Dance Academy: The Movie Geoffrey Lamb
Don't Tell Peter Carrodus
Hounds of Love Merlin Eden
2016 Tanna Tania Nehme
The Daughter Veronika Jenet
Girl Asleep Karryn de Cinque
A Month of Sundays Ken Sallows
Restoration Cindy Clarkson
2015 Holding the Man Dany Cooper
Is This the Real World Ben Joss
One Eyed Girl David Ngo
Paper Planes Nick Meyers
2014 52 Tuesdays Bryan Mason
The Little Death Christian Gazal
The Railway Man Martin Connor
2013 The Rocket Nick Meyers
The Great Gatsby Jason Ballantine, Jonathan Redmond
Goddess Mark Warner
2012 Burning Man Martin Connor
Mental Jill Bilcock
The Sapphires Dany Cooper
Wish You Were Here Jason Ballantine
2011 Oranges and Sunshine Dany Cooper
Blame Meredith Watson Jeffrey
Mad Bastards Claire Fletcher
Tomorrow, When the War Began Marcus D'Arcy
2010 Beneath Hill 60 Dany Cooper
Animal Kingdom Luke Doolan
Balibo Nick Meyers
Bright Star Alexandre de Franceschi
Coffin Rock Adrian Rostirolla
2009 Samson & Delilah Roland Gallois
Australia Dody Dorn, Michael McCusker
Beautiful Kate Veronika Jenet
Two Fists, One Heart Deborah Peart, Milena Romanin
2008 The Painted Veil Alexandre de Francheschi
The Black Balloon Veronika Jenet
Men's Group Stuart Morley
Rogue Jason Ballantine
2007 Romulus My Father Suresh Ayyar
Clubland Scott Gray
Lucky Miles Henry Dangar
West Roland Gallois
2006 Candy Dany Cooper
The Caterpillar Wish Jason Ballantine
The Libertine Jill Bilcock

Best Editing in a Documentary Feature[edit]

  • 2014: Once my Mother, Denise Haslem
  • 2013: Show Me The Magic, Scott Walton
  • 2012: Paul Kelly: Stories of Me, Sally Fryer
  • 2011: Girls Own War Stories, Antoinette Ford
  • 2010: My Asian Heart, Andrew Arestides
  • 2009: A Good Man, Nicholas Beauman
  • 2008: The Cars That Ate China, Andrew Arestides
  • 2007: Choir of Hard Knocks, Steve Robinson
  • 2006: Unfolding Florence, Nick Beauman

Best Editing in a Documentary Program[edit]

  • 2014: Cronulla Riots – The Day That Shocked the Nation, Melanie Annan
  • 2013: Buckskin, David Banbury
  • 2012: A Law Unto Himself, Andrea Lang

Best Editing in a Documentary Series[edit]

  • 2014: Kakadu – Ep 4, Caspar Mazzotti
  • 2013: Desert War Ep 1, ‘Tobruk’, Lawrence Silvestrin
  • 2012: Australian Story, ‘Streets with No Names’, Steven Baras-Miller

Best Editing in Television Drama[edit]

Best Editing in a Television Comedy[edit]

Best Editing in Television Factual[edit]

  • 2014: Taking on the Chocolate Frog – Ep 1, Marcos Moro
  • 2013: Kings Cross ER, Series 2, Ep 1, Bob Burns
  • 2012: Go Back To Where You Came From, Series 2, Episode 1, Orly Danon
  • 2011: On Trial, Episode 1, Denise Haslem
  • 2010: The Science of Teens, Episode 4: Moods, Fiona Strain
  • 2009: Bondi Vet, Episode 12, Dave Redman
  • 2008: Charlotte & Jordans Runway to LA, Episode 2, Philippa Rowlands
  • 2007: Jamie's Kitchen, Australia, Episode 5, Philippa Rowlands

Best Editing in a Commercial[edit]

  • 2014: RACQ ‘Rescue Me’, Sue Schweikert
  • 2013: John West ‘Running with the Bears’, David Whittaker
  • 2012: Volkswagen Tiguan ‘Cross Country’, Drew Thompson
  • 2011: AB ‘3 Year Olds’, Bernard Garry
  • 2010: ANZ ‘The Chase’, Peter Whitmore
  • 2008: Toyota ‘Earth's Greatest 4WD’, Drew Thompson

Best Editing in a Music Video[edit]

  • 2014: Belle Roscoe ‘Let Me Cut in’, Scott Walmsley
  • 2013: ‘Come into My Head’ Kimbra, John Gavin
  • 2012: Angus Stone ‘Bird on the Buffalo’, Peter Barton
  • 2011: Schvendes ‘Lay the Noose’, Matt Osborne
  • 2010: The Thomas Oliver Band ‘Goin’ Home’, Katie Hinsen

Best Editing in a Short film[edit]

Year Title Recipient(s)
2014 Godel Incomplete Gwendalina Sputore
Rabbit Patrick McCabe
I am Emmanuel Adrian Rostirolla
The Landing Derryn Watts
2013 No Quarter Alexandre Guterres
Time Scott Walmsley
All God's Creatures Kelly Cameron & Mary Elizabeth Hutson
Cargo Shannon Longville
2012 The Wilding Anthony Cox
Dave's Dead Annabelle Johnson
Peekaboo Katie Flaxman
Spine Melanie Annan
2011 Something Fishy Melanie Annan
Fully Famous Brad Hurt
Kiss Danielle Boesenberg
Ostia – La Notte Finale Adrian Chiarella
2010 The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock Adrian Chiarella
Driven Fiona Strain
Drowning Adrian Rosirolla
Entanglement Theory Karen Pearlman
2009 Bleeders Zen Rosenthal
Plastic Ann Foo & Vladimir Jovičić
Salt Lindi Harrison & Ingunn Jordansen
Boundless Christopher Mill
2008 The Ground Beneath Adrian Rostirolla
Jerrycan Jack Hutchings
Four Zen Rosenthal
A Natural Talent Katrina Barker
2007 25 cents Richard Greenhalgh
Meditations on a Name Peter Crombie
Len's Love Story Jodie Gallacher
Pension Day Trevor Holcomb
2006 Brother Hayley Lake
A Message From Fallujah Adam Wills
Sexy Thing Milena Romanin
Vend JC Frugaard

Best Editing in Open Content[edit]

  • 2014: Canon, Jessica Mutascio
  • 2013: Fragments of Friday Ep 5, Ann Foo
  • 2012: Event Zero, Episode 4, Julian Harvey


  • 2014: Karin Steininger
  • 2013: Christopher Branagan, Deborah Peart

Lifetime Membership Award[edit]

  • 2014: Nicholas Beauman
  • 2013: Mike Honey

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