Edgar Wright From The Archives

My oh my. A good fellow by the name of Tom Haigh at the ITV archive sprung a surprise by unearthing five clips of me as teenage amateur film-maker on various shows.

I started making zero budget films on second hand Super 8 camera in 1989. Two years later I won a video camera on ‘Going Live!’ in a contest revolving around ‘Comic Relief’. From there, I started making as many no-budget shorts and featurettes as I could. And some of these landed me on childrens’ TV.

Watch and be wowed by: my hair, my skinny frame, my line in waistcoats and my ever changing voice which goes from well spoken middle class schoolboy to would be bloke from Lan-dahn.

First up, here’s me with the very fragrant Jenny Powell on Tyne Tee’s ‘Gimme Five’. I travelled up to Newcastle with my good friend Martin Curtis to show our short ‘Help!’ which I made at the age of 18. Please note the rainbow lines of VHS crash editing on every single cut and also my outrageously arrogant answer to the question; “So anyone can do it?”.

Myself & Martin are playing much too cool for school. We secretly had the raging hots for Jenny.

Edgar Wright on Gimme5 (1992)

The next year I was asked back to Newcastle and this time they showed clips of my short ‘Infra Red Fred’ which is bit like a proto version of ‘Click’ and apparently a lot like a Benny Hill sketch I must have subconsciously stolen from. They don’t show the whole piece, but it’s worth watching for my weird angry face I pull at the end. What was I thinking?

Edgar Wright on Gimme5 (1993)

This in depth profile with a girly voiced young film maker was as a result of entering into the Co-Op Young People’s Film Festival a few years in a row. My interviewer was a lady called Georgey Spanswick.

This piece includes clips from the video8 version of ‘A Fistful Of Fingers’ which I shot with schoolfriends in the summer of 1992. I do like to complain a lot about how long it takes to make movies.

Edgar Wright on The Film and Video Showcase (1994)

After appearing on ‘Going Live!’ and ‘Gimme Five’, I was asked to be an ‘expert’ on Yorkshire TV’s ‘Brill’. I wanted to talk about amateur film-making but they wanted to focus on home-made special effects and make up. Which as you can see from the show, is not my forte.

Presenter John Eccleston was also a puppeteer for Henson’s and I later worked with him on the ‘French & Saunders’ Titanic special when the Leprechauns from ‘Live & Kicking made’ an appearance.

On this show we could not say ‘vomit’ or ‘spew’, so the odd alternative of ‘huey’ was used instead. Huey.

Edgar Wright on Brill (1994)

This final and very short clip of me was part of a late night report on the zero budget film scene in mid nineties London. By the year 1996 I had moved to the capital and apparently decided that an orange shirt and goatee was a good look. I do not know what is going on with my voice. I may have had a sore throat or been hungover or maybe I was trying to sound more like my more worldly peers.

This contains a clip of the 16mm version of ‘A Fistful Of Fingers’.

Edgar Wright on Hotel Babylon (1996)

Somewhere out there are even more clips. Thanks to Tom again for embarrassing me like this.

  • Sarah5636

    I really enjoyed watching these, i don’t think i ever watch Gimme 5 i do remember being glued to the tv every Saturday morning watching Going Live i would love to see some of those films from the Hotel Babylon clip they look great :)

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  • Profpieface

    Are you absolutely sure you’re not a secret posho?
    Liked the Film and Video Showcase clip best – would be good to see A Fistful of Fingers one day.

  • Profpieface

    That was it – leprechauns! The other day I was half remembering that, but somehow replaced them in my head with The Krankees (possibly cos they pop up somewhere else on French & Saunders…In fact they do, in the Silence of the Lambs sketch)

  • Moses Yang

    You’re movies were on par with Xavier Dolan.

  • http://dontlookdown.tumblr.com/ Xylophone

    I, for one, am massively disappointed with the lack of Dexter Fletcher in that Hotel Babylon clip.

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  • Nat Clark

    Thanks to Tom Haigh for unearthing these gems and thanks to you for sharing. Amazing to watch your journey (wanky word alert) over the years. I can see some Landis influence in Help, clearly Martin did not beware the moon and stick to the road :)
    Also 1993 Jenny Powell is a bit keen, how did you keep…calm?! Must find that low budget film Bad Karma it looks disgustingingly good.

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  • http://twitter.com/natelechner Nate Lechner

    Are we ever going to see Fistful of Fingers? Ever?

  • http://twitter.com/hcpoet Hyen Chang

    you had good hair

  • http://www.facebook.com/will.hallsmith Will Hall-Smith

    This is awesome! What do you think of this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-cdSzn0Nrw

  • madeofsquares

    Fantastic. My favourite part was your reaction to the girl laughing at the word “bum”!

  • AmberGrindstaff

    :) Aww ! These are great “Filmmaker in the future.?!. uh Yeah!—- Indeed

  • Dominic

    These are amazing. It’s really cool to learn about your history. There’s an important message here about following what you love and having fun.