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Growing up in the U.K., the young cinephile Edgar Wright began crafting his distinct cinematic style directing Super 8 films starring his school friends. At age 20, he made A Fistful of Fingers, a no-budget feature starring local teen actors and shot on 16mm. The unlikely British Western was given a limited theatrical release, paving the way for Wright’s entry into the U.K. TV comedy community, where he joined forces with future collaborators Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson on a number of shows for the Paramount Comedy Channel.
“I’m a big fan; I like all sorts of genres. I do like an occasion to just switch my brain off and enjoy some mindless carnage.” – Edgar Wright
While still in his early twenties, he also directed several comedy shows for the BBC before gaining fame directing the popular, award-winning sitcom, Spaced, for Channel 4. It was here that Wright began his iconic (and hilarious) collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Spaced served as a launching pad for the 2004 horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, which starred both actors and became a surprise box-office hit. The trio would go on to make two more films together: the buddy cop satire Hot Fuzz (2007) and the sci-fi spoof The World’s End (2013). These became known as the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, of which all were co-written by Wright and Pegg. In between Fuzz and World’s End, Wright co-wrote and directed the acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll teen comedy Scott Pilgrim v. the World (2010). It was here that Wright’s keen eye for visual detail moved into the spotlight; the highly distinct stylization of the film helped make it a hit with audiences and critics worldwide. Wright’s most recent film, the highly-acclaimed “car chase action musical” Baby Driver (2017), was an even bigger hit, and was nominated for three Academy Awards. An increasingly inventive auteur who have never lost his love of genre films and goofy/smart comedy, Edgar Wright continues to surprise audiences with a thrillingly flamboyant “what will he do next?” abandon. This September, The Loft Cinema celebrates the cinematic world of Edgar Wright with four of his most re-watchable classics on the big screen!