Dennis Gurney

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Dennis Gurney was a film editor.

Biography

Dennis Gurney was a British-born film editor who spent a few years working in South Africa. He appears to have started his career during the war years as an often uncredited assistant editor at Two Cities Films before coming to Johannesburg for African Film Productions. He worked on both features and documentaries and seems to have produced at least one documentary, called Diamond Coast (1954), which was credited to Dennis Gurney Ltd. After his return to Great Britain in 1954, he worked for World Wide Pictures, a prominent documentary production company, working with directors such as James Hill, Paul Dickson, Harry Watt and John Heyer. One of the films in which he was involved as editor, Antarctic Crossing (1958) by James Carr, was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1960 he left for Canada to work for Crawley Films, but after two years he returned to England.

South African Credits as Editor

Transvaal Story (documentary) (Bladon Peake/1949), Alles Sal Regkom! (feature) (Hyman Kirstein/1951), South African Cavalcade / Suid-Afrikaanse Kavalkade (documentary) (Errol Hinds/1952), Meet the Malans / Aangename Kennis (with Kurt Baum) (documentary) (Kurt Baum/1952), The 1820 Settlers / Die 1820-Setlaars (documentary) (Donald Swanson/1953), Daar Doer in die Stad (feature) (Jamie Uys/1953), Vadertjie Langbeen (feature) (Pierre de Wet/1955).

Sources

http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2baa663953

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0348683/?ref_=nv_sr_2

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