Jerry Chater started editing in the early days of music videos alongside directors such as Godley & Creme, Derek Jarman, Lindsay Anderson, Wim Wenders, Brian Eno, Mark Neale, Roman Coppala and Grant Gee. Highlights included videos for U2, Radiohead, Blur, Nick Cave, Coldplay, Counting Crows and Peter Gabriel, amongst numerous others.
In 1989 Jerry edited 'JFK, The Day the Dream Died'. Directed by Godley & Creme for Channel 4's Despatches. By all accounts the documentary inspired Oliver Stone to make 'JFK'.
In 1991 Jerry edited 'The Human Face', co written and starring Laurie Anderson, made with Michael Coulson and Nichola Bruce for BBC 2's arts strand 'Arena'.
In 1994 Jerry won an International Monitor award for U2's feature documentary 'Zoo TV' directed by Kevin Godley, for Fox and Channel 4.
In 1998 he started a long creative relationship with film maker Grant Gee. Starting with Radiohead's 'Meeting People is Easy' - a '90-minute noise symphony' Uncut Jan '98. The film was also sound designed by Jerry and he received a credit for incidental music.
Grant Gee's films 'Joy Division', 'Patience, after Sebald' and 'The Innocence of Memories' were subsequently edited and sound designed by Jerry. 'Joy Division' won the prestigious Grierson Award for the Best Cinema Documentary in 2008
Other films with Gee included Gorillaz 'Demon Days Live' and 'Don't Crash', an hour long documentary into the making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.
Jerry edited the opening title sequence for 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' feature film directed by Garth Jennings. Jerry also edited two shorts dramas starring, respectively, Romola Garai and Michael Sheen.
Jerry is an established commercials editor working on campaigns for numerous clients, including Mercedes, Nike, Renault, Ford, Virgin Trains, Peugeot, Carlsberg, Drambuie, Toyota and Pierre Cardin.
Under the nom-de-récréation Trick Honey, Jerry has written music for a number of commercials and films, including Mark Neale's 'The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid' (2006)
In 2014 the Mumford & Sons film 'Road to Red Rocks' was Grammy nominated, edited with Fred & Nick of Pulse Films.
In 2014 Jerry was co-lead editor on Mark Neale's latest film, 'Hitting the Apex'. Set in the world of the MotoGP and the story of the fastest motorcycle racers the world has ever seen. The film was exec-produced and narrated by Brad Pitt and was released in Autumn 2015.
Grant Gee's film 'Innocence of Memories' which Jerry edited and sound designed was premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2015 and had it's British premier at the London Film Festival in Jan 2016. Narrated by Nobel Prize winner Orham Pamuk and featuring his novel 'The Museum of Innocence' and the museum in Istanbul of the same name.
In 2016 Jerry edited PLACEBO: ALT. RUSSIA, directed by Charlie Targett-Adams and fronted by Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal. The film followed the band’s tour through Russia, meeting artists, architects, animators and musicians on the way, investigating the alternative culture in Russia. It won Japan’s IDFA 2016 Grand Prize Award and the Doc N Roll Film Festival’s Best Music Documentary Award.
In 2017 Jerry took the reins editing George Michael's 'Freedom', broadcast on Channel 4 and Showtime.
In 2018 Jerry was on the edit team for 'John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky' for Channel 4 and in 2019 on the team for Foals 'Rip Up The Road' for Amazon Prime.
Jerry's latest collaboration with Grant Gee is a 40' film, 'Bluebeard's Castle', for live orchestra at the Munich Opera House.
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