A Fistful of Fingers

This week brings Baby Driver to the big screen, the latest film from director Edgar Wright. Leading up to the release of the mesmerizing, meticulously crafted foot-tapping masterpiece of musical action, we wanted to take a look back at the director’s very first film. No, we’re not talking about Shaun of the Dead, because before that, a 20-year old Edgar Wright got behind the camera for a $15,000 movie that was actually a remake of a movie he originally shot on VHS.

A Fistful of Fingers is a spaghetti western spoof that takes all the signature western style of director Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and mixes it with the silliness of Monty Python and Mel Brooks. Edgar Wright shot the film on 16mm and it debuted back in 1995. It was first screened in the United States in 2015 at Cinefamily in Los Angeles, but just earlier this month, the wonderful Music Box Theatre in Chicago was treated to the second ever domestic screening. I was personally on-hand to finally check this film off my list, and I could not have been more pleased with the silliness on display in this parody that has the hints of greatness we would get from Edgar Wright in the years to come. Read More »

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If you’re reading /Film, we’re guessing there’s a pretty good chance you’ve watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the Cornetto trilogy. Maybe you’ve even seen Spaced, the British TV series the first assembled the Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg / Nick Frost dream team. But there’s a good chance even Wright’s biggest fans haven’t seen his debut feature, A Fistful of Fingers.

Well, now’s your chance. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of A Fistful of Fingers, and to celebrate that fact it’s playing in London and — for the first time ever — Los Angeles. Wright’s even got an amazing Paul Shipper poster to go with that re-release. Take a look after the jump. Read More »

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With the impending US release of Edgar Wright‘s new film The World’s End (already out in the UK) we’ve got a great collection of materials that will put you inside the head of the director. The centerpiece is a one-hour conversation with Wright that was shot last year at the London Screenwriters Festival; the hour acts as a good masterclass from the writer/director.

The LSF conversation begins with talk about a film called A Fistful of Fingers, and in the event that you’ve never seen that early effort from Wright, it is embedded below. Wright doesn’t love the movie, and there’s some really good talk there about how that helped develop his later approach to work. Personally, I find it helpful and inspirational to know that people whose work is quite accomplished had to go through the same formative steps as everyone else. Hearing Wright talk about the transition from that early movie to Spaced and his later work is great.

There’s also an “interactive screenplay” for Wright’s breakout feature Shaun of the Dead, which gives up a lot of info about the making of the film. Check out all three items below. Read More »