Wilson is one of Britain’s leading film editors.
He has been responsible for some of the most highly
acclaimed British features of the last 25 years.
After art school in Portsmouth, where he qualified as
a graphic designer, John began his film career at the
Central Office of Information where, at 25, he became
one of Britain’s youngest film editors. Cutting
his teeth on documentaries, it was while at the COI
that he met Peter Greenaway - a long and fruitful collaboration
which saw John editing all of Greenaway’s prolific
output of music documentaries and arts programmes for
television as well as five feature films over the next
eight years, beginning with The Draughtsman’s
Contract (1981) and culminating in the highly
acclaimed The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and
her Lover (1989).
career then broadened into a raft of critically acclaimed
feature films and television dramas including the massively
successful Billy Elliot (2000) which
gained 13 BAFTA and three Oscar nominations including
a BAFTA and an American- Eddie nomination for Best Film
Editing. Following this US nomination, John was invited
to join American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.): he is one
of the few British film editors to enjoy membership
of this prestigious society.
2006, John edited the film version of Alan Bennett's
multi-award winning play The History Boys,
directed by Nicholas Hytner for Fox Searchlight, BBC
Films and DNA.
April 2009 saw the release of Good, a screen adaptation of C.P. Taylor’s highly successful play, directed by Vicente Amorim and starring Viggo Mortensen as John Halder.