With Edgar Wright returning to AUB, our chief writer, Daisy, shares some of his most iconic cameos.
Edgar Wright is a film director and writer, born in Poole and raised in quiet Somerset. In 1992, he came to the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art to study Audio-Visual Design. Sound familiar? That’s because it became AUB in 2009. In honour of his return visit to the university, BUMF is celebrating by showing off some of his cameos throughout the years.
The most recent of which is from his Oscar-nominated thriller about getaway driver B-A-B-Y, Baby. At the start of the film, Ansel Elgort’s protagonist dances down the street to Harlem Shuffle. When he jumps in front of a music shop you can see some reflections in the window, including an unintentional little cameo from the director himself. Visual effects were able to turn his handheld monitor into an iPhone, but they decided to keep Edgar in
Jump back a decade or so to the wacky British comedy-horror Shaun of the Dead. Wright appears as a zombie on the news ‘remembering Z-Day’. In fact, director George A. Romero loved the film so much he asked Edgar and co-writer Simon Pegg to play cameos in his 2005 horror Land of the Dead.
Remember Hot Fuzz? That film where Simon Pegg and Nick Frost chase a swan through a quiet little Somerset town (the very one where Wright grew up as it happens), and the villain got skewered through the jaw on a model church spire? When PC Angel storms through the supermarket on a mission there’s a guy pushing a trolley across the hall. Yep, that’s Edgar.
And it’s not just his own films he’s snuck into. As a friend of fellow director Garth Jennings, Wright has had cameos films like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Sing. But it’s the 2007 coming-of-age drama Son of Rambow starring tiny Will Poulter and Bill Milner that features Edgar as a somewhat… zealous design technology teacher to the boys.
What cameo list would be complete if it didn’t include Star Wars? Thanks to Rian Johnson, Edgar stars as a resistance fighter in The Last Jedi alongside his brother Oscar, assistant Leo Thompson and Joe Cornish, director of Attack the Block. Wright released a photograph behind the scenes of the gang in costumes, but we have yet to spot them in the film itself. Can you find him?
Words by Daisy Leigh-Phippard, Illustrations by Abbie James