Final Cut is adding editor Phil Hignett to its roster.

A comedic editor in the worlds of advertising, television and feature film, Hignett has previously worked closely with the Final Cut team while cutting hit comedy Sex Education at Final Cut’s Fitzrovia dry-hire facility, The Lofts.

Hignett first discovered his love of editing and the art of making people laugh while at university, when a friend asked him to help cut a loose homage to This is Spinal Tap. Getting his industry start at Marshall Street Editors, Hignett worked his way up to editor, collaborating with directors such as Nick Jasenovec, Keith Schofield, Jake Szymanski, Jeff Labbé and Rhys Thomas.

Hignett’s commercial showreel includes notable projects for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Barclaycard, Virgin Media, KFC, British Airways and BT.

With the support of long-time collaborator Ben Taylor, Hignett ventured into the world of long-form in 2019, working with the director on the Year of the Rabbit, starring Matt Berry.

His work on Sex Education earned him awards for editing at the BFE Cut Above Awards and Televisual Bulldog Awards, with the most recent season winning Best Comedy at the 2023 International Emmys. Other longform credits include the multi BAFTA-winning hit series Stath Lets Flats and upcoming Disney+ series Renegade Nell.

“As a little boy growing up in Australia, I always dreamed of joining Final Cut,” says Hignett. “That was the name of the barbers down the street. But this is just as good. Probably better.”

Managing Director David Webb says, “Phil has a remarkable sense of comedic timing – both in the edit and in life. He’s a great editor and a wonderful human being.”

“After hosting Phil on numerous longform projects at The Lofts, we’ve become accustomed to having him around,” says Executive Producer Michelle Corney. “We’re chuffed to bits that he’s decided to join the Final Cut team for commercial representation.”

Pippa Considine

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