Fireside Chat

Edgar Wright

60 minsFirst aired 27 Oct 2017
Drew Gurian

The inimitable director and screenwriter of movies like Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead looks at shaping films through music.

British director, writer and producer Edgar Wright launched his film career as part of a trio with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on the films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. It was a creative partnership that drew from a love of niche British comedy and B-movie horror — Wright had transitioned into film from television, having directed the cult British comedy series Spaced, with Pegg as the lead, at the turn of the millennium. Between Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, Wright co-wrote and directed Scott Pilgrim v. the World, where his eye for visual detail and his love of synchronized music moved to the forefront. His latest film, Baby Driver, is fueled by a high-octane soundtrack that spans eras and genres.


A glimpse into the alternate universe of a Strauss and Ligeti-less 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Here, Wright mentions Italian prog band Goblin, the increasingly influential and still-active trailblazers who etched their name into horror movie history in the ‘70s with their epic scores.


Wright discusses the Brian May-approved placement of Queen’s “Brighten Rock,” the song with a redemption story of its own.


In case 999 isn’t enough – Wright charts his 1000 favorite films from the past 100 years of cinema.


Interview by Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Written and engineered by Frank Westerkamp
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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