About me

I was raised in the West Country of England in the 1970s – the unlikely product of a tin miner and a ballet dancer – a combination of graft and grace. As a teen I wanted to be a rockstar so I played guitar in bands on Dartmoor before giving up on that lifestyle and went to study film in Plymouth. After proving that I could drive Rik Mayall around and fetch Pete Richardson’s ciggies satisfactorily as runner on Virgin Trains adverts, I then enjoyed filming Stella Street as a runner/double and wearing John Session’s disgustingly soggy Marlon Brando fat-suit and Mick Jagger’s leopard-skin spandex tights before moving to London in 1999 where editing happens and became assistant to esteemed documentary editor Robert Hargreaves.

Cut to 20 years later, and I have worked within most genres: documentary series, promos, music promos, factual telly, adverts, sponsorship idents, short films, and feature film, even fashion. These days you’ll find me mainly cutting adverts and anything short or funny.

You can stop reading now, unless you want to read not-very-interesting lists of of out of date things like editing systems I use such as Premiere CC,  Avid and Final Cut Pro, to work material from many origins such as 35mm and Super 16mm film, 4k, 2k, HD, RED, Arri Alexa and whatever else; or fascinating lists of broadcasters that my work has ended up on, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, More 4, Film 4, E4, Five, Sky Sports, UKTV Gold, TCM, Nickelodeon, Disney,

Apparently these lists help search engines find me, so here is a list of ad agencies that I have worked with too: Ogilvy, TBWA, JWT, M&C Saatchi, McCann, Mullen Lowe, Karmarama, EuroRSCG, BCL, DLKW, Spark44, Publicis, RG/A, Mustoes, VCCP and those incredibly fine people at SellSell.

There’s also a long exciting list of high-profile clients that I’m told to brag about including Guinness, Coca-Cola, Nintendo, Honda, Kellogg’s, Knorr, Lynx (Axe), Her Majesty’s Government, Jaguar, The Times and Sunday Times Newspapers, Weetabix, Proctor & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Persil, Comfort, Lynx, Vodafone, Orange, and (ahem) a load of old banks, Lloyds, TSB, HSBC, RBS, Abbey, Halifax, and Norwich Union.

Anyway, give me a shout if you’d like to work with me or want to know anything more specific.

Get in touch


If you want to discuss any future projects please get in touch:

UK: +44 (0) 7949 178 523
Finland: +358 (0)404 842 949
Email: joe@joewilby.com

Twitter: @joewilbyeditor

If you would like to be considered as a potential assistant please email me your CV and follow me on Twitter for work alerts.

  • “It's rare to discover an editor who can not only edit brilliantly, but can also contribute intellectually to the crafting of a film. Joe is such a creature.”

    John Maidens - Director

  • “I think Joe cut about 95% of the film himself, and made my job very easy.”

    Bruce Webb – Director

  • “Whoever dreamed this up deserves a knighthood.”

    hillzinho13 - YouTube

  • “Joe Wilby injects the comedy.”

    Matt Carter – Director

  • “It needs to be a little bit longer, or a tiny bit shorter, or a bit of both.”

    ANON Director (You know who you are!)

  • “Best public information film ever.”

    Helmut Villam

  • “His talents as a film editor are matched by his enthusiasm and dedication to the task. A top bloke with a bright future.”

    Dee Allen - Senior Producer at Envy

  • “Just the loveliest man in the world”

    Jason Byrne - Funny Irish Bloke

  • “There is no nicer person to spend weeks holed up in a tiny edit suite. A top man.”

    John Maidens – Director

  • “Joe deserves a knighthood for his work protecting the nation's borders.”

    Matt Carter – Director