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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

3 episodes of thriller series "RIG 45" Season 2, Viaplay, / Mopar Productions, Stockholm

In final stages of post-production

"Helene". A feature film based on true events of the artist Helene Schjerfbeck. Distributor Nordisk Film. Director Antti Jokinen / Cinematic-Inc

Final stages of editing.

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

Editing beginning shortly.

Previous work


Get in touch with me directly or through my agents.

Agent / Siân Gordon 

The Lisa Richards Agency 

London office

Agent / Richard Cook

Dublin office