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John McKay

Sound

John McKay is a veteran sound editor, sound designer, and mixer. He abandoned an early focus on directing to build a diverse, respected career in post-production. His credits include significant contributions to iconic films The Quiet Earth, Footrot FlatsKitchen Sink, and Lord of the Rings. McKay is notable for an approach which combines creativity with a high level of technical craft and organisational rigour.   

The worst thing you can do is just put your hand on the last thing that worked. I have always run on instinct – all my best moments have been mistakes or things done by chance, that I then recognise and explore. John McKay

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Coming Home in the Dark

2021, Sound Editor, Sound Design - Film

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Lowdown Dirty Criminals

2020, Supervising Sound Editor - Film

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The Turn of the Screw

2020, Executive Producer, Supervising Sound Editor - Film

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Helen Kelly - Together

2019, Sound Mix - Film

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Births, Deaths & Marriages

2019, Sound Designer - Film

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Wellington Paranormal

2018 - 2022, Supervising Sound Editor - Television

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Loading Docs 2016 - Same But Different

2016, Sound Design - Web

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Pot Luck - Series One

2015 - 2016, Sound Edit Supervisor - Web

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3 Mile Limit

2014, Sound Editor/Supervising Sound Editor - Film

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Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song

2013, Sound Design, Sound Editor - Film

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Gardening with Soul

2013, Sound Designer/Sound Mix - Film

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Shopping

2013, Sound Editor - Film

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Fresh Meat

2012, Sound Editor - Film

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Netherwood

2011, Sound Mix - Film

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Bogans

2004, Sound Mix - Short Film

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Kombi Nation

2003, Sound - Film

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Back River Road

2001, Sound Editor - Film

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Crooked Earth

2001, Sound Designer, Sound Editor - Film

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001, Sound Mix - Film

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Jubilee

2000, Sound Designer/Sound Mix - Film

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Lawless: Beyond Justice

2000, Sound Mix - Television

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Lawless: Dead Evidence

2000, Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Mix - Television

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Magik and Rose

1999, Supervising Sound Editor - Film

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

1999, Sound Designer/Sound Mix - Film

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Lament for Barney Flanagan

1998, Additional Sound Mix & Sound Editing - Short Film

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City Life

1996 - 1998, Supervising Sound Editor - Television

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Peach

1995, Sound Editor/Sound Re-recording Mix - Short Film

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Riding High

1995, Supervising Sound Editor - Television

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Fallout

1994, Sound Editor - Television

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Fallout - Part Two

1994, Supervising Sound Editor/Mixer - Television

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Fallout - Part One

1994, Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Mix - Television

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Marlin Bay - Series Three, Episode 11

1994, Sound Mix - Television

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Bradman

1993, Sound Mix - Short Film

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Deepwater Haven - First Episode

1993, Sound Mix - Television

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Marlin Bay

1992, Sound Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor - Television

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Moonrise (aka Grampire)

1992, Supervising Sound Editor - Film

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The End of the Golden Weather

1991, Sound Editor - Film

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Star Runner - First Episode

1990, Sound Mix - Television

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Star Runner

1990, Supervising Sound Editor - Television

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Raider of the South Seas - First Episode

1990, Sound Editor - Television

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User Friendly

1990, Sound Effects Editor - Film

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Zilch!

1989, Sound Editor - Film

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A Soldier's Tale

1988, Supervising Sound Editor - Film

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Rushes

1988, Sound Design - Short Film

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Hey Paris

1987, Sound Design - Short Film

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Starlight Hotel

1987, Supervising Sound Editor - Film

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The Making of Footrot Flats

1986, Subject - Television

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Bridge to Nowhere

1986, Supervising Sound Editor - Film

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Footrot Flats - The Dog's Tale

1986, Sound Design - Film

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About Face - Universal Drive

1985, Editor - Television

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The Quiet Earth

1985, Sound Editor - Film

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Death Warmed Up

1984, Sound Effects Designer - Film

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Heart of the Stag

1984, First Assistant Director, First Assistant Director - Film

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The Lost Tribe

1983, Assistant Director - Film

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Pheno was Here

1982, Editor - Short Film

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Flight 901 - The Erebus Disaster

1981, Sound Editor - Television