MUSIC Xavier recently 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 also penned the CD booklet notes
for the Tankard re-issues - 'Zombie Attack', 'Chemical Invasion' and 'The Morning After' The CD's are due out in November, and will be available thru Noise/BMG Recordings. Tankard first brewed 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. These
4 albums are available now on both vinyl and CD format.
Xavier completed editing ep's 6 & 7 of Dr Who. Xavier worked with director Daniel Nettheim. Xavier's ep's: 'Extremis' and 'The Pyramid At The End Of The World' are currently available to view on BBC iplayer.
Captive the new eight part drama/documentary series is now available thru
Netflix. The episodes look at how hostage takers operate and deal with negotiations. Former hostages recall their harrowing ordeals - thru interview, archive footage and drama reconstruction. Xavier edited episode: 8 - The Peacemakers, Iraq.
Xavier has now completed editing Episode's 6 & 7 of Season: 7 of 'Cold Feet' with
director Terry McDonough. Cold Feet was recently transmitted on ITV 1.
Xavier is currently editing episodes: 3 & 5 of BBC America's new
eight part thriller series - 'Killing Eve' , written by Fleabags' Phoebe Waller Bridge. Starring Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) and Jodie Comer (The White Princess). Xavier will be working with director Jon East.
Filming commenced in July 2017.
"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.
Meanwhile, an exciting new Rock Magazine entitled 'Rock Candy' has just been launched. The Magazine is very much in the style of Kerrang! as it was in its heyday in the 1980's. Rock Candy can be purchased by going to the website at:
Issue : 4 with Metallica on the cover has just been published. Go to the
website for details.
Watch this space.....