Watch: 10 Essential Women Editors You Should Know

We bet you didn't know these classic films were cut by women. 

"They call editing the last rewrite," 2016 Oscar-winning editor Margaret Sixel told NPR earlier this year. "We don't merely cut shots together; we are part of the storytelling process. If [Mad Max: Fury Road] it hadn't been correctly cut, I think it could have been a dismal failure."

Many of cinema's greatest accomplishments — from Apocalypse Now to Bonnie and Clyde to Lawrence of Arabia to Breathless — might well have been "dismal failures" were it not for their female editors. Why, then, do women only comprise 18% of editors today? 

Tope Ogundare's video essay for Fandor cuts together some of the best editing in cinematic history, thanks to the dexterous touch of these ten women:

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Behind every great director is a great editor, after all.     

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I'm sure a man could've done just as good a job. Maybe there are less women in the industry because they spend all their time congratulating themselves and wondering why there aren't more of them instead of just doing the work.

March 22, 2016 at 9:50AM


You're an awful person, Trevor. Go away.

March 22, 2016 at 4:40PM


I thought Walter Murch edited Apocalypse now?

My own two cents, besides piss off Trevor you muppet, is that in my experience women have a better sensibility for emotional rhythms and beats than men. With coincidentally cutting for the emotion being Walter Murch's belief as the most important editing skill - I've wondered more than a few times about what some of the greatest film careers like Tarantino and Hitchcock would have been without that sensibility beside them in the edit.

Why are their only 18% editing? I'm not sure. We know gender inequality is entrenched (though on the back foot) in the world at large, but I do always wonder about to what degree peoples own preferences and choices impact upon some of these statistics as opposed to a specific or measurable culture of bias.

March 26, 2016 at 8:47AM, Edited March 26, 8:47AM


I agree with everything you said except for using the words great and Tarantino in the same sentence.

I don't believe there is a bias towards men. I do believe women are just less attracted to the business in general. Women do seem drawn to still photography.

March 26, 2016 at 4:53PM


Dody Dorn is missing !

March 28, 2016 at 11:06PM

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