A film editor since 1943, Hambling began his career of editing consistently noteworthy productions with the melodrama "The Whole Truth" (1958). Since that time, he has contributed to such greats as Joseph Losey's "The Servant" (1963), on which he served as sound editor, and as editor of Alan Parker's "Midnight Express" (1978). Beginning with "Bugsy Malone" (1976), Hambling enjoyed a long collaboration with director Alan Parker, (as of 2002), their large body of work runs from the animated spectacle "Pink Floyd: The Wall" (1982) to the tense, suspenseful cutting of "Mississippi Burning" (1988), with the minor masterpiece "Birdy" (1984) and the muck-up "Angel Heart" (1987) in between, all of them reliably and cleverly edited. The flashy cutting of "Angel Heart" can also be found in Hambling's table-work for "Absolute Beginners" (1986), the underrated paeon to Anglo 1950s pop culture that also marked the beginning of the end of the latest British New Wave style as well.
He was nominated for his fifth Oscar for Best Film Editing for his work on "In the Name of the Father" (1993), Jim Sheridan's exciting and ingratiating film of an emblematic miscarriage of justice by the British against North Irish former guttersnipe Gerry Conlon. The film called for engaging audiences in a story that takes almost twenty years to unfold and is shot mostly in a jail cell, and Hambling aided this effort in spades.
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Editing (Feature Film)
Sound (Feature Film)
Film Production - Main (Feature Film)
Editing (TV Mini-Series)
Early credit as feature editor "The Whole Truth"
Early credit as sound editor, "The Servant"
First collaboration with director Alan Parker, "Bugsy Malone"
Earned first Oscar nomination for "Midnight Express", directed by Parker
Picked up second Academy Award nod for cutting "Fame"
Received third Oscar nomination for "Mississippi Burning"
Nominated for fourth Academy Award for "The Commitments"
Fifth Oscar nod for "In the Name of the Father"
Reteamed with Alan Parker to cut "Evita"; earned sixth career Academy Award nomination
Served as editor on "The Life of David Gale"; 14th collaboration with Alan Parker