Originally from England, Luke saw the light and moved to New Zealand in January 2003. He’s since edited numerous award winning television commercials, music videos, documentaries, short films and feature films.
Taika Waititi’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPOEPLE (2016) sits right at the top of that list. After working with Taika on a number of projects, their creative powers combined on this film favourite. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016. A huge success at the NZ box office, smashing records for the highest grossing New Zealand film of all time & biggest opening weekend box office.
A Sundance regular, Luke’s other feature credits include the Canadian/New Zealand co-production TURBO KID (2015), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2015 and was the winner of the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW 2015, as well as being in Official Selection at both festivals.
With a strong background in advertising, Luke has edited hundreds of television commercials. Many of these have been awarded the highest accolades in advertising, including Darryl Ward’s 2010 Orcon campaign with Iggy Pop, which was the most awarded work of that year, winning locally and internationally, with a Grand Prix at Cannes Lions topping the list of awards.
In other formats, Luke edited the short film Blue (2011), which was directed by Stephen Kang and awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes Critics Week for Best Short Film and his work with long time collaborator Summer Agnew on the documentary The Kapiti Art Project (2009) culminated in it being a finalist for Best Documentary at the Qantas Film and Television Awards 2009.
Luke is tireless in his work and with a broad background of experience, is a key part in making any project come together.