Edgar Wright

"Edgar Wright is one of the most promising - indeed, precocious - of the younger generation of British comedy filmmakers, achieving a solid critical and commercial hit with Shaun of the Dead (2004). Although to date he has generally specialised in conscious parodies of the work of more established filmmakers, he is clearly an unusually resourceful and inventive director with a particularly fine line in visual wit." - Michael Brooke (BFI Screen Online)

Edgar Wright

Director / Screenwriter
(1974- ) Born April 18, Poole, Dorset, England
21st Century's Top 100 Directors

Key Production Countries: UK, USA
Key Genres: Comedy, Action Comedy, Action, Romantic Comedy, Horror Comedy, Sci-Fi Comedy
Key Collaborators: Nira Park (Producer), Marcus Rowland (Production Designer), Simon Pegg (Leading Actor/Screenwriter), Nick Frost (Leading Actor), Tim Bevan (Producer), Eric Fellner (Producer), Bill Pope (Cinematographer), Paul Machliss (Editor), Jonathan Amos (Editor), Chris Dickens (Editor), Paddy Considine (Leading Character Actor), Bill Nighy (Leading Character Actor)

"In Wright’s films (including Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Baby Driver), music and sound effects are foregrounded with visuals to achieve everything from cheeky editing wipes and character introductions to cartoonishly intrusive physical comedy. Sound punctuates camera movement in an Edgar Wright film. It makes jokes. It reveals character flaws. The notion of the “music video director” has become somewhat pejorative. But Wright stands as a bold exception: a director who prioritizes intricate, dense, and (most importantly) fun sound mixes." - Film School Rejects, 2020
"There aren't many film directors alive who can send a shiver through cinema with a tagline that reads: "A [director's name] film." It's a rarefied stratum: a Martin Scorsese film; a Quentin Tarantino film; a Coen Brothers film. There are even fewer British directors who can do that – Ridley Scott, of course. Christopher Nolan. And Edgar Wright. You know what that "An Edgar Wright film" promises: kinetic, rich, light-footed, witty, and totally in love with cinema. Between his cult, millennium-straddling sitcom Spaced, and 2017's Baby Driver, he made Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, three of the most deeply loved, and deeply British, films of the 21st century: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Then, he headed to Hollywood." - Tom Nicholson (Esquire, 2019)
Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz (2007)
"Edgar Wright is one of the most creative and energetic directors of our time, generating strong critical reviews and deep respect within the movie industry for his original and and well-made films. Wright is primarily known for his comedy and frenetic editing style, with most of his films containing a fast pace and unique editing flourishes that help elevate his material above his contemporaries." - Nathan Sharp (Screen Rant, 2021)
"Wright started his career making British TV comedies, most notably Spaced. It was here that he hooked up with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. That was a match made in heaven and the trio set off to make the Cornetto Trilogy." - Kevin Lawlor (ComingSoon.net)
"Working with his cohorts, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Wright created his enduring saga, The Cornetto Trilogy—named after, of all things, a British ice cream treat. Starting with Shaun of the Dead, a hilarious revival of the genre that refuses to die, Wright went on to make Hot Fuzz, a madcap takedown of action films, and then The World’s End, an apocalyptic sci-fi comedy. While each is distinct in its on way, similar themes, gags, and actors knit the trilogy together as a cohesive work and demonstrate the genius of Wright’s craft." - Focus Features, 2017
Selected Filmography
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GF Greatest Films ranking (★ Top 1000)
21C 21st Century ranking ( Top 1000)
Edgar Wright / Favourite Films
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick, An American Werewolf in London (1981) John Landis, Bugsy Malone (1976) Alan Parker, Carrie (1976) Brian De Palma, Dames (1934) Ray Enright, Don't Look Now (1973) Nicolas Roeg, The Driver (1978) Walter Hill, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Steven Spielberg, Raising Arizona (1987) Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Taxi Driver (1976) Martin Scorsese.
Source: Sundance Film Festival (2015)
Edgar Wright / Fan Club
Norm Wilner, Drew Goddard, Mehmet Açar, Quentin Tarantino, Anna Smith, Christopher Campbell, Shawn Levy, Glenn Kenny, Henry K. Miller, Matt Goldberg, Nathan Rabin, Nick Schager.
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