Anne V. Coates

Anne V. Coates
Born Anne Voase Coates[1]
(1925-12-12) 12 December 1925
Reigate, Surrey, England, UK
Occupation Film editor
Years active 1947 – present
Spouse(s) Douglas Hickox (? – ?)

Academy Award for Film Editing
1963 Lawrence of Arabia

American Cinema Editors
1995 Career Achievement Award

Anne Voase Coates (born 12 December 1925) is a British film editor with a more than 60-year-long career. She is perhaps best known as the editor of David Lean's epic film Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. Coates has been nominated five times for the Academy Award for Film Editing for the films Lawrence of Arabia, Becket (1963), The Elephant Man (1980), In the Line of Fire (1993), and Out of Sight (1998). In an industry where women accounted for only 16 percent of all editors working on the top 250 films of 2004, and 80 percent of the films had absolutely no females on their editing teams at all, Coates continues to thrive as a top film editor.[2] She was awarded BAFTA's highest honour, a BAFTA Fellowship, in February 2007[3] and was given an Academy Honorary Award, which are popularly known as a Lifetime Achievement Oscar, in November 2016 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4][5]


Anne V. Coates' first passion was horses. As a girl, she thought she might become a race-horse trainer.[6] A graduate of Bartrum Gables College, before becoming a film editor, Anne Coates served as a nurse at Sir Archibald McIndoe's pioneering plastic surgery hospital in East Grinstead, UK.[7][8] Anne is Godmother to Samuel and Thomas Moore, son of Patrick Moore. Coates decided to pursue film directing and started out working as an assistant at a production company specializing in religious films (also doing projectionist and sound recording work). There she fixed film prints of religious short films before sending them out to various British church tours.[8] This splicing work eventually led to the rare job as an assistant film editor at Pinewood Studios, where she worked on various films. Her first experience was assisting for film editor Reggie Mills.[6] Anne V. Coates later worked with film director David Lean on Lawrence of Arabia. Coates has had a long and varied career, seemingly refusing to retire and she continues to edit films such as Out of Sight and Erin Brockovich for iconoclastic film director, Steven Soderbergh. Coates is a member of both the Guild of British Film and Television Editors(GBFTE) and American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Coates is at the centre of a film industry family. Besides being the niece of J. Arthur Rank, she was married to the director Douglas Hickox for many years. Her brother, John Coates, was a producer (The Snowman and Yellow Submarine), and her two sons, oldest Anthony Hickox (1959) and youngest (1965) James D.R. Hickox used to be directors, whilst her daughter Emma E. Hickox (1964) is also a film editor.

One of the Top Film Editors

Variety's Eileen Kowalski notes that, "Indeed, many of the editorial greats have been women: Margaret Booth, Dede Allen, Verna Fields, Thelma Schoonmaker, Anne V. Coates and Dorothy Spencer."[9]


Selected filmography

As film editor

As assistant film editor

Academy awards and nominations

see: Academy Award for Film Editing

BAFTA awards and nominations

see: BAFTA Award for Best Editing

Other awards and nominations


  1. BFI biodata
  2. British Independent Film Awards – (BIFA) Archived 8 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. "BAFTA crowns 'Queen' best film" 11 February 2007 – Variety (subscription)
  4. "Honorary Oscar for British trailblazer editor Anne V Coates". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. "Jackie Chan, Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman to Receive Academy's 2016 Governors Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Murch, Walter (2000). "Walter Murch interviews Anne V. Coates", webpage originally posted at the website; webpage archived at WebCite on 2008-07-07 from this original URL.
  7. Erickson, Hal (undated). "Anne V. Coates", webpage from Allrovi Guide; online version retrieved 7 July 2008.
  8. 1 2 IMDB Biography
  9. (Editor) "Tina Hirsch" By Eileen Kowalski – Variety 11/14/2001 (subscription)
  10. 1 2 3 Coates, Anne V. (2007). "Things I've Learned As A Moviemaker" Archived 14 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine., article posted on 3 February 2007 at MovieMaker website retrieved 7 July 2008.
  11. Atchison, Doug. "Oscar-Winning Perspectives on Editing". MovieMaker. Winter 2002 (45). Archived from the original on 10 January 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-13.

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