Luke Haigh is a film editor based in Auckland, New Zealand.
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, went on to play at numerous festivals around the globe then theatrical release in the US, UK & Australia. 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.
His other feature film credits include sci-fi time travel caper MEGA TIME SQUAD (2018) which premiered at Fantasia 2018 & he has recently wrapped on the edit for GUNS AKIMBO (2019) an action comedy starring Daniel Radcliff & Samara Weaving set for global theatrical release in the third quarter of 2019.
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. Locally he took away the top award at the CAANZ Axis Awards 2018 for his editing work on Lotto ‘Dylan’ with director Mark Albiston.
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. More recently he edited MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES (2018) winner of Show me Shorts Film Festival 2018 Best NZ Film Award.
His work with long time collaborator Summer Agnew includes short film THE BROTHER (2018) which was official selection at both the NZIFF 2018 & Dublin IFF 2019. And their work 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.