Emer Reynolds, Director and triple-IFTA-winning Film Editor, is based in Dublin and is one of Ireland’s leading editors with a mightily impressive CV.

In advance of her appearance at the first Dublin Editor ‘In Conversation’ event this Tuesday Oct 15th in brooks Hotel at 8 alongside Tony Kearns (read our profile of Tony here), we decide to take a look at some of her past work.


She won her first IFTA in 2003 for Alan Gilsenan’s film ‘Timbuktu’ and her second a year later for her work
on the opening series of Channel 4’s groundbreaking ‘Shameless’.

She won her third IFTA for Paul Fraser’s ‘My Brothers’ in 2011

Her other feature credits include ‘The Good Doctor’ from director Lance Daly

‘Saltwater’ and ‘The Eclipse’ from director Conor McPherson, with whom Emer has collaborated on several projects

‘The Actors’,

Emer also edited Cult Irish Film ‘I Went Down’ which was written by McPherson.

That film was directed by Paddy Breathnach for whom Emer also cut ‘Ailsa’

She has also cut the films
‘Lotus Eaters” dir : Alexandra McGuinness

‘Small Engine Repair’ dir: Niall Heery

‘Korea’ dir: Cathal Black

Jump dir: Kieron J.Walsh

Notable documentaries include ‘The Asylum’,
‘Today is better than two tomorrows’

‘We went to War’.

Broken Tail

Recently she won an award in the U.S. for editing ‘On a River in Ireland”( the film version of “the Secret Life of the Shannon”) for which she won Best Editing at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival(the Oscars of wildlife films), seeing off competition from Attenborough’s Africa: Kalahari and Disneynature’s Chimpanzee

Emer has written and directed four short films: ‘Slumber’, ‘Man’, ‘The Widow’s Son’ and ‘White’, and directed the RTE drama 6 part-series ‘Trouble in Paradise’.

‘Here Was Cuba’ is her documentary directorial debut, and her third collaboration with John Murray and Crossing the Line, following the multi-award winning ‘Broken Tail’ and ‘The Secret Life of the Shannon’.

It had its Dublin premiere at the recent IFI Stranger than Fiction Film Festival.

You can find out more about the film here

She sits as a member of the advisory board for the National Film School (Ireland).



  1. Enjoyed Emer’s documentary, The Farthest, Voyager in Space. LOVED the use of the Rose Royce song ‘Wishing on a Star’ in it, and thought how great it would have been had that song been included on the Gold Record, as it falls so sweetly on the ear, so apropos, so timely (recorded in 1977), and as would have been a segment from Robert Frost’s poem ‘Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening’: “…I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” (EMS in NJ-USA)

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