Edgar Wright at the Astor
[Image via Total Film]
Last night I headed out to the beautiful Astor Theatre in St Kilda, for a special Q&A with Edgar Wright. Edgar is in the country to promote part three in the Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End, but as that film isn’t released until the 1st of August, we were treated to a screening of a 35mm print of Shaun of the Dead instead.
This event was put on by Popcorn Taxi, whose tagline, “Watch the Films – Meet the Makers,” sums them up pretty well. In the past, they’ve run events with people such as Quentin Tarantino, Danny Boyle and Guillermo del Torro. These events are usually in Sydney, but luckily for me, the Australian premiere of The World’s End is being held in Melbourne tonight (an event I would be attending, if I was lucky enough to be one of the ten people to have a double pass taped to the bottom of their seat).
To kick things off, Edgar introduced the screening of Shaun of the Dead by reading to us the film’s IMDb plot keywords, including ‘ink’, ‘trampoline’, ‘killer child’, and ‘no opening credits’ (Shaun of the Dead does, in fact, have opening credits). He also asked the sold-out 1,150 seat theatre if anyone hadn’t seen the film before, unsurprisingly, the raised hands were few and far between.
After the film, which you cannot watch too many times, Edgar returned to the stage for the main event; the Q&A. Of course, there were the usual questions that turn up at every event like this (Any advice for young filmmakers? etc), but for the most part, the discussion gave a great insight into the creation of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim and Tin Tin (but there was an embargo on any questions about Ant-Man).
A little later, Edgar was joined on stage by surprise guests Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, straight from their appearance on The Project a little further up Chapel Street. The rapport that the three share was very clearly evident, and they obviously immensely enjoy working, and being, together.
I won’t go into too much detail, as the full even will be available soon to watch on the Popcorn Taxi website, but I will say that it will be well worth a watch, if only for Simon Pegg’s brilliant impression of Peter Jackson.