Rebecca started out as a fine-art sculptor, but found the work to often be isolating. On the recommendation of a friend she enrolled in a video art module, and from her first experiments in editing she hasn’t looked back. After graduating she worked as a runner in AV support for the BBC, digitising and ingesting footage overnight before eventually getting an opportunity to edit promos for their natural history unit. A senior editor recognised Rebecca’s promo work and recommended her for an assistant editor role on Elephant Diaries and subsequently her first feature in 2008, The Meerkats.
Since then, Rebecca has worked as an assistant editor on standout features including Fishtank, The Two Faces of January, Testament of Youth and recently American Honey where she received an additional editor credit after working closely with director Andrea Arnold. As she begins work on her first feature as lead editor, Rebecca recalls how important it is to be diligent on your way up, as your progression can surprise you; “for Meerkats they needed someone who could edit but also support a large digital unit in the desert, so it was partly those long nights ingesting rushes that prepared me for my first break.”