When thinking of auteurs, many look towards Hollywood heavyweights such as Scorsese, Tarantino, P.T. Anderson, or to European visionaries like Almodovar or Winding Refn. However, a young British filmmaker from Dorset has laid claim to the title of auteur this year; despite flying relatively under the radar, allowing the star of his renowned Three Flavoured Cornetto Trilogy, Simon Pegg, to take much of the limelight, in 2017, Edgar Wright has provided a big-hit solely attributed to himself, Baby Driver.
Critically acclaimed, and an international box office hit, the film is the pinnacle of its director’s career so far, highlighting his craftsmanship and the need to acknowledge him as one of the great filmmakers of the 21st Century.
At A Glance
Wright’s Point of View
Born in Dorset and raised in Somerset, Wright began making films in the late ’80s and ’90s. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, he directed many short films, mainly comedic pastiches of popular genres, including the Dirty Harry tribute Dead Right.
After completing an ND in Audio-Visual Design from Bournemouth and Poole College of Art in 1994, Wright made his debut feature film, a spoof western titled A Fistful of Fingers, which after a limited theatrical release caught the eye of Comedians Matt Lucas and David Williams who gave him the opportunity to write and direct within Television.