Captive an eight part drama/documentary series is now available thru
Netflix. The series looks at how hostage takers operate and deal with negotiators. Former hostages recall their harrowing ordeals - thru interview, archive footage and drama reconstruction. Xavier edited episode: 8 - The Peacemakers, Iraq.
In 2017 Xavier worked with director Daniel Nettheim on Dr Who, Season 10. Xavier's edited the 'Extremis' and 'The Pyramid At The End Of The World' episodes. Both are currently available as a series box set on BBC i player.
In 2018 Xavier worked with director Jon East on the critically acclaimed
series - 'Killing Eve' . Xavier edited two episodes 'Don't I Know You' and
'I Have A Thing About Bathrooms'.
Killing Eve is currently available on BBC i player
In 2019 Xavier worked with director Robin Sheppard on season 3 of
Sky's quirky comedy series 'Delicious', starring Dawn French and
Emilia Fox. Xavier edited two episodes 'Betrayed' and 'Not Intimidated'.
'Delicious' is currently available on Sky.
Also in 2019 Xavier worked with director Charlie Palmer on BBC's new crime drama 'The Mallorca Files' starring Ellen Rhys and Julian Looman. Xavier edited two episodes 'King Of The Mountains' and 'Number One Fan'.
The series is currently available on BBC iPlayer.
More recently Xavier worked with director Marc Jobst on 'The Witcher' which
is currently available on Netflix.
Xavier recently completed editing on the final season of Strike Back.
Xavier edited episode 8 of 'Vendetta' , and worked with director
John Strickland. Strike Back is currently available on Sky.
"Working with Xavier is always a delightfully rewarding and productive experience.
On the creative front he is talented, inventive, and imaginative. On the professional
front he is industrious, conscientious and highly personable. These virtues justly
go into making him a highly sought after film editor. In short, he is highly recommended." - Jon East, Director - Killing Eve.
"Xavier Russell is one of the finest editors I have worked with in my 40-odd years
as a director- flexible but decisive, instinctive but extremely skilful. He cut two
episodes of Series: 2 of Grantchester for me and - there is no higher praise a
director can give - he made me look good. He's a thoughtful listener and he
never imposes his point of view; let's try it, is his watchword -and he does, quickly and positively. He's bracingly objective, good company - and tactful
with execs. What more does one need? I have no hesitation in recommending
him to anyone." Edward Bennett, Director - Grantchester.
"I have recently had the pleasure of working with Xavier on a double episode of Dr Who. Xavier's instincts during the assembly were spot on meaning we had a very
effective and streamlined fine cut period. Xavier worked hard and diligently to meet all our screening deadlines, and each of these screenings was met with enthusiasm and approval by the producers and execs. Overall a very smooth and positive experience. As well as being a talented and experienced editor Xavier was a pleasure to spend time with in the edit room and I would happily work with him again in the future." - Daniel Nettheim, Director - Dr Who.
"I have worked with Xavier on several occasions. I would have worked with him more but he's always busy! His approach to editing involves knowing when not to cut as much as when to cut. In short he has taste. He is a great collaborator, very experienced, always interested in the nuance of performance and able to discover/create a 'style' in the way the cut evolves. If there is humour to be had he'll find it. He is also lightning fast on the Avid." - Kenny Glenaan, Director - Paranoid.
"I had the pleasure of working with Xavier as an editor on 'Dickensian' for BBC1. It was 4x30' episodes involving vital emotional character arcs and action set pieces. Xavier proved more than the correct choice for the job. It was very clear to me that Xavier understood exactly what we were trying to achieve with the series and the complex stories to tell. He embraced the technical challenges, the vfx and music spotting with great enthusiasm and commitment. He's fast on the Avid and has a great sense of humour. I would thoroughly recommend working with him." - Philippa Langdale, Director- Dickensian.
"Xavier has cut four dramas which I have directed over the last twelve years.
'Secret Smile' for ITV in 2005. 'Zen' for Left Bank/BBC in 2011. 'The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher' for Hat Trick/ITV in 2012 and 'Killing Jesus' for Ridley Scott Associates/National Geographic in 2015. Xavier is a very experienced and accomplished editor and great fun to work with." Director - Chris Menaul.
MUSIC Xavier contributed sleeve notes for the re-release special box set
deluxe edition of Metallica's classic first album - 'Kill 'Em All'
available now thru Amazon. I warn you it's not cheap, but the packaging
alone is amazing. A great introduction to the early work of Metallica.
Staying on the music front Xavier penned the CD booklet notes
for the Tankard re-issues - 'Zombie Attack', 'Chemical Invasion', 'The Morning After', 'The Meaning of Life', 'Stone Cold Sober', 'Two Faced' and 'The Tankard' The CD's are out now, and available thru Noise/BMG Recordings. Tankard first brewed in Frankfurt, Germany in 1982 and still going strong today!
Xavier also penned the re-issue sleeve notes for Swiss Avant - Garde Extreme Metal band - Celtic Frost. Penning notes for classic albums'
'Morbid Tales', 'To Mega Therion', 'Into The Pandemonium' & 'Vanity / Nemesis'.
The pic at the top of the page is - 'Satan: 1' , by renowned Swiss artist H. R. Giger, and was used as the cover artwork for Celtic Frost's - 'To Mega Therion' album. The
4 albums are available on both vinyl and CD format thru Noise/BMG.
Currently available on HNE Recordings is Molly Hatchet's - 'Fall Of The Peacemakers' - A four CD Clamshell Box set covering the middle period of the southern rock band's career. Album's included are - 'Take No Prisoners', 'No Guts... No Glory', 'The Deed Is Done' and 'Double Trouble Live', along with rare 'live' tracks. Xavier penned the booklet notes for this 'must have' box set.
Xavier completed the CD booklet notes for Brownsville Station's reissue
'Air Special', available on Rock Candy Records.
Xavier was honoured to be asked to pen the booklet notes for
1970's boogie band Foghat's two classic albums 'Fool For The City' and 'Live'.
Both CD'S are available on Rock Candy Records.
Xavier recently completed the booklet notes for renowned Toronto Pomp Prog
rocker's Zon's reissue 'Astral Projector'. The CD is now available on
Rock Candy Records.
Watch this space.....