June 14, 1926
Croydon, Surrey, England
February 5, 2013
Burwell, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Editor, Sound editor
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.