Ben mercer

Film editor / Drum & Colours Ltd

"My approach to the nature and method of editing can be summed up in three words:



I hold there can be, and is, a rational and objective approach to film editing, that inspires the emergence of the unexpected.


A kind of original beauty out of structural discipline and non-partisan principles."

–Ben Mercer


In addition to my normal role as film editor, screenwriters, producers and directors alike also employ me for dramaturgical analysis on script development and offline cuts.



I regularly give lectures on the dramaturgy of editing. My practical knowledge and experience of the editorial logistics of feature films on- and off-location is also a skill much in demand. Here are some links to some recent talks I’ve given in Barcelona and Amsterdam.



I have received two Finnish Film Academy Award nominations for Best Editing for my work on ”Naked Harbour” and ”Unknown Soldier”. The latter film brought home the award.

In 2017 I was awarded an honorary distinction at the Voitto Awards for my life's work in commercial editing by the Association of Independent Producers in Finland (SATU ry)


Work in production

"The Wait". A feature film based on a novel by Juhani Aho.

Director/producer Aku Louhimies.  Backmann & Hoderof Andrei Alén.

Editor/co-producer Ben Mercer / Drum & Colours

Premiers 2021

"Tale of a Sleeping Giant". A feature-length documentary film, MRP Productions.

Final stages of post production. Premiers December 2020. See the teaser below.

Previous work (the trailers are not edited by Ben)


Get in touch with me directly or through my agents.

Agent / Siân Gordon 

The Lisa Richards Agency 

London office

Agent / Richard Cook

Dublin office




Helsinki, Finland



+358 50 300 0357

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