David Fairhead has been editing films since 1984. Although he has worked across many different genres, the mainstay of his work has been in documentary, particularly in the fields of science and history. He has edited 18 films for the BBC’s Horizon, the world’s longest running science series, and innumerable other award-winning films, programmes and series. These include Timewatch, The Planets, Seven Wonders of the Industrial World, The South Bank Show, Equinox, Battlefield Britain, David Starkey’s Henry VIII and The Churchills. He also wrote, co-produced and edited Little Ships – the story of the Dunkirk evacuation - with Dan Snow for BBC2.
In 2006 he edited In the Shadow of the Moon, a feature documentary about the Apollo astronauts, which won the Audience Award for best International Documentary at Sundance in 2007 and was released in cinemas around the world. The Flaw, an analysis of the 2008 financial crash, which also premiered at Sundance, in 2011, followed this. His latest feature doc is McCullin, a powerful film about the war photographer Don McCullin, directed by Jacqui Morris. It is on nationwide release in the UK now.