Donegal’s Michael Harte wins another top award for film editing

FILM editor Michael Harte has once again demonstrated his excellence by securing the top spot for ‘Outstanding Picture Editing’ at the highly prestigious Emmy Awards.

The proud Letterkenny man has just picked up the Creative Arts Emmy which honours artistic and technical achievements in primetime programming between the period of June 2022 and May 2023.

The ceremony was pushed to this month due to the Hollywood labour strikes which ran from May to November last year.


Michael, the son of Jimmy and Mary Harte, received his award for editing ‘Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie’. The documentary, directed by Davis Guggenheim, is about the life of actor Michael J. Fox and his struggle with Parkinson’s disease. It premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, and then released on May 12, 2023, on Apple TV+.

His latest project also won Best Documentary Film from New York’s National Board of Review. It received no less than seven nominations at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

‘Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie’ also had five nominations, eventually winning them all, at the 8th Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards held last November.

Michael has previously won a BAFTA for editing ‘Don’t F-k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer’. He has also worked on the critically acclaimed ‘Three Identical Strangers’ and ‘Beckham’, a documentary detailing the rise of former footballer, David Beckham.

The job of a film editor is to assemble footage and hopefully turn it into a top-class end product. Editors manipulate plot, score, sound, and graphics to refine the overall story into a continuous and enjoyable film. On some projects, the film editor is chosen before cast members because Hollywood bosses recognise that the skills of a good editor can save a mediocre film.


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