"A fascinating read and a must for any dance filmmaker."

Dance Films Association (New York)


Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit

by Dr Karen Pearlman

Published by  FOCAL PRESS, Boston, USA, 2009.

This new textbook on film editing by the Head of Screen Studies
at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)
and Co-Artistic Director of The Physical TV Company
is based on her UTS doctoral thesis.



cordially invite you to the Launch of Dr Karen Pearlman’s new book

Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit. 

The book will be launched by Sandra Levy, CEO of AFTRS.


When: Thursday May 14, 2009, at 6pm for 6.15pm.

Where: Australian Film Television and Radio School.
The Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent Street (opposite Hoyts), Moore Park, Sydney.

RSVP: Please RSVP by Tuesday May 12 to: cuttingrhythmsbooklaunchrsvp@gmail.com


Launch Schedule

6.00pm – Arrive and mingle.

6.15pm -  Screening of a new 7 minute documentary

    “Karen Pearlman: Identity in Motion”

    by AFTRS Directing Student Martha Goddard 

6.25pm - Official Welcome by Lindi Harrison, President,

Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE)

6.30pm – Book Launch of Cutting Rhythms by Sandra Levy, CEO, AFTRS

6.40pm – A look inside the book by Dr Adrian Martin, Film Critic and Senior Research

               Fellow in Film and Television Studies, Monash University

6.45 pm – A few words from the Author, Dr Karen Pearlman



Light refreshments will be provided.


Book Signings

Cutting Rhythms will be on sale for a Special Discount at the Launch. 

There will be an opportunity to have your copy of the book, published internationally by Focal Press, signed by the Author.


For further information - Click here to:

  • Visit Cutting Rhythms Book Launch Facebook Events Page
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  • Order Cutting Rhythms now from Focal Press
  • Listen to Podcast - Interview with Dr Karen Pearlman about Cutting Rhythms by Gordon A. Burkell at The Art of the Guillotine
  • Read Recent Article - In Dr Karen Pearlman's recent article in Cineaste, she uses the guidelines from the Australian Screen Editors Guild Awards (which she wrote and which included in her book Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit), to compare the editing of two musicals, Chicago and Cabaret, to see which would win an award
  • Read Earlier Reviews and Articles by Dr Karen Pearlman

Critical Praise

“Anyone even the slightest bit interested in the mechanics of film making is going to be impressed with Karen Pearlman's new book Cutting Rhythms….Dr Pearlman, who is Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and one directors of The Physical TV Company (the guys behind the amazing Thursday's Fictions), manages to combine in depth knowledge of the business of editing with a highly understandable to the layman style. Meaning of course that Cutting Rhythms is useful as both a practical reference for editors and editors in training and as a welcome addition to the bookshelf of the movie fan who likes to know how his favourite films work.”  Paul Mills, memorabletv.com

Dr Karen Pearlman introducing Thursday's Fictions at New York's Dance on Camera Festival.


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