I didn’t know Sally Menke, or even much about her, but her body of work speaks volumes. She was a vital part of the filmmaking team of Quentin Tarantino and received 2 Oscar nominations for editing his films. She was nominated in 1994 for Pulp Fiction, and just last year for Inglorious Basterds.
Sally’s tragic passing while hiking in LA gave me a moment to look at women editors in general and one thing I noticed very quickly is that guys known for their violent films like Tarantino and Scorcese both have these amazing women editors. Thelma Schoonmaker has worked with Scorcese for decades. Menke worked with Tarantino since Pulp Fiction. On another note, Susan E. Morse worked with Woody Allen for over 10 years. There have got to be other relationships of this type that I don’t know about.
Anyone know about other director/editor partnerships?
Looking at the statistics for women in Hollywood in 2009, women editors made up 18% (of the editors on the top 250 US grossing films). And unlike directing, a bunch of women have won the editing Oscar. Here is a list below:
1940 North West Mounted Police – Anne Bauchens
1944 Wilson – Barbara McLean
1958 Gigi – Adrienne Fazan
1962 Lawrence of Arabia – Anne V. Coates
1975 Jaws – Verna Fields
1977 Star Wars – Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew
1980 Raging Bull – Thelma Schoonmaker
1983 The Right Stuff – Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart, Tom Rolf
1986 Platoon – Claire Simpson
1987 The Last Emperor – Gabriella Cristiani
2004 The Aviator – Thelma Schoonmaker
2006 The Departed – Thelma Schoonmaker
Here’s some Sally love from the cast of Inglorious Basterds