Dorset-born filmmaker, Edgar Wright, best known for his critically acclaimed films Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and his most recent Box Office hit, Baby Driver, returned to Arts University Bournemouth to share anecdotes about his college days.

Wright was born in Poole and grew up in Swanage and Somerset. He speaks fondly of his childhood days, telling students “some of the earliest stuff I made has an escapist element to it, because I grew up in Dorset and Somerset“. He studied a National Diploma in Audio-Visual Design at AUB (Bournemouth and Poole College as it was then) between 1992-1994, before going on to make his first feature film, A Fistful of Fingers, shortly after in 1995.

Whilst on campus, Edgar provided a question and answer session to a packed theatre of budding BA (Hons) Film Production students – not surprisingly with reservations booking up within two minutes! He shared memories of his times in Bournemouth as a student, of sunny days spent “hiding in the editing suites, whilst everyone else was at the beach“, and “hearing a song in a Bournemouth bar and imagining a scene to go with it” – a song that would later feature in Baby Driver.