Kim Horton biography

Kim Horton joined Granada’s film library in 1977 when he was 25 years old. Prior to that he had lived in Australia where he worked in the film industry but decided to return to England to find work in the television industry. After a few years in the film library he became an assistant film…

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Kim Horton describes how he joined Granada TV

I think I should start by saying that I grew up in Australia, and probably had not much of an idea about what Granada stood for and what sort of country it was, although growing up, which was just even scooting back before that, we went out, we were ‘Ten Pound Poms’ to go out…

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Kim Horton on how the film library fired his interest in music

Kim Horton on how the film library fired his interest in music It was interesting because when I’d got into the library, they were a lovely bunch girls but they all looked like librarians. They all had the bobbed hairdos… and in fact, Julie Goodyear, who used to take a short cut from Coronation Street…

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Kim Horton on his move into film editing

I was about 25 or something like that (when I started at Granada), so I wasn’t a young thing. Because I had travelled a bit, all Australians do that, you know, and I had done a bit of a hippy trail thing with a, you know, buying a Volkswagen van, outside the American Express office…

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Kim Horton on training in the film-editing dept.

I was terrifically interested in the whole filmmaking thing, because just everything was going on there. You know, it’s just a joy to see, you know, Dennis Mitchell working in one of the edit suites. You know, Ken Russell was doing his Clouds of Glory, I think Roger Graef was doing his British Communist Party…

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Kim Horton describes how his career progressed

Gradually, as it was meant to be, you would get other duties, other jobs, and that usually started with cutting the news. And this would be you on your own. Yes, this would be me on my own. I would be given the first… and it was film, so we’re still talking Steenbeck and it…

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Kim Horton on the lifestyle of a GTV film editor

For the most part, what we liked about it was in the early time of my editing, is that you were you were pretty much told what you were going to do. Granada would have people that would say, “Well, we want this person to do this edit. It wasn’t producer choice we were talking…

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Kim Horton recalls working on World In Action

And then I did my first World in Action and that was a really big deal, because it really was testing… and it was 1983 and it was produced by Ian McBride, and it was a film about Jesse Jackson, and actually on the road with Jesse Jackson, who was undecided about seeking nomination or…

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Kim Horton’s work on the 7 Up series

Yes, it was good times. But it kind of led to other things, and one of those things was being asked – because Oral actually had been asked to do 28 Up and they needed a second editor on it, and because I had been his assistant and we were mates, he said, “Why don’t…

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Kim Horton on his memorable programmes

I think I suddenly sort of did a lot of kind of history/science stuff with offline, and we did a thing called Savage Skies, which was the making of… we had a kind of history/science department then, people like Bill Jones and Liz McLeod in particular, suddenly realised that we had a real talent for…

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Kim Horton on the shift from film to video

At what point did you switch from film to video? At what point, that would have been in the in the 90s. It probably would have been possibly early 90s. The last thing I did on film was it was a series called God Bless America, which were great, a great series, all directed by…

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