This week’s hottie is none other than Edgar Wright – director extraordinaire!
If you are not familiar with this man, you may still be familiar with his work, which includes the previously recommended fabulous show Spaced, as well as feature films Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and this year’s brilliant Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
Now, his website, Edgar Wright here (see what he did there…) has a great biography on the still young director, and I shamelessly copied some of it to present to the ViliFlik readers. (I also recommend checking out his blog itself. Both funny and interesting.)
“Raised in Somerset, England, Wright embarked on his first epic at age 14 with a Super 8 short entitled, Rolf Harris Saves the World. He continued to make many more shorts after he won a Video 8 camera in a Comic Relief contest for his film I Want to Get into the Movies, an animated allegory about wheelchair access.
At age 20 he made A Fistful of Fingers, a no budget feature film starring local teen actors and shot on 16mm. The unlikely British western was put on limited theatrical release and paved the way for his foray into television with the Paramount Comedy Channel. There he would direct the fledgling sketch show Mash & Peas for future Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams and Asylum where he would join forces with future collaborators Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson.” (From his official bio.)
Since his early days of making films with his friends, Edgar has become one of the world’s most sought after and interesting film directors. He frequently collaborates with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the stars of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Edgar and Simon wrote the scripts for both films, and a third installment in the “ice cream and blood”-trilogy, entitled The World’s End, is (according to imdb) due for release in 2012 (although this information is subject to change).
Another project that brought Edgar some well-deserved fame, was his fake trailer for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’ ambitious Grindhouse-project in 2007. In case you missed his hilarious trailer, here it is:
If you’ve missed one or more of his films, I strongly recommend you get yourself a copy. Scott Pilgrim is recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray, and is well worth the money! Also, look for any behind-the-scenes bonuses on any of his DVDs. Edgar is funny, charming and geeky and most of the documentaries are worth watching for these reasons alone.