**BREAKING NEWS! Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost are extending their Australian promotional trip for THE WORLD’S END and will now host an exclusive screening of the film for Popcorn Taxi on Wednesday July 17 at Event Cinemas, George Street.
Following the sold-out success of our Shaun of the Dead event at Melbourne’s Astor Theatre, be sure to grab your tickets to this event quick!
Good food. Fine ales. Total Annihilation
THE WORLD’S END is the cherry on top of the boys’ Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy that began almost ten years ago with Shaun of the Dead, followed four years later with Hot Fuzz. For one night only director Edgar Wright, writer/actor Simon Pegg and actor Nick Frost will explain to us, in person and live on stage, their Three Flavour trilogy. Don’t miss your chance to meet the funniest guys in film at our exclusive screening event of The World’s End.
“Thematically, it will all make sense when the three films can be viewed consecutively. This sounds lofty but they form a dialectic sequence, which I hope film students will write essays about. Shaun of the Dead = evolution, Hot Fuzz = devolution, World’s End = revolution. Jesus, you can take the boy out of Bristol University drama department…”
The World’s End
Finally, the wait is over! Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have once again joined creative forces to send off the beloved ‘Cornetto trilogy’, nine years after Shaun of the Dead and six since Hot Fuzz.
It all comes down to The World’s End: five friends reunite to finish a pub-crawl they couldn’t finish 20 years earlier. But it’s not just any pub-crawl, it’s The Golden Mile—“12 pubs, 12 pints”—the penultimate test of their character, friendship and livers.
And of course, an apocalypse doesn’t help matters. Aliens? Robots? The boys are doing their best to keep it under wraps. All we know is there’s something deeply sinister going down in the town of Newton Haven.
Edgar places it in the genre of social science fiction, “allowing it to perform predictive and precautionary functions, to criticize the contemporary world”. Could there be another fascist regime at play? “The greater good! The greater good!” He’s also cited the tradition of friends reuniting, drawing on The Big Chill and It’s Always Fair Weather as two touchstones of preparation.
With the screenplay basting in the oven since 2007, it’s safe to say the lads have another hybrid feast of genres on their hands.
This time it’s Pegg who lets loose as Gary King, the party animal of the group, while Frost is the straight-faced businessman, Andrew Knightley; another ingenious shift in their dynamic to look forward to. Regulars Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and newcomer, Eddie Marsan, round out the party of five. The boys have stated that every actor involved in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz will appear in The World’s End so look out for another glorious ensemble piece full of in-jokes packed into one drunken night of debauchery and mayhem.
This is a film for the fans. It promises to be an emotional rollercoaster—“a thematic wrap-up”, as Edgar sees it—to the trio’s pressing theme of “the dubious dream of perpetual adolescence”. Shaun.. and …Fuzz may look nice and fluffy but both also deliver a visceral slap to remind us of the importance of remaining vital in adulthood. And Pegg has said of The World’s End: “It’s much darker than anything we’ve done before, but as, if not more, silly”.
While Pegg hasn’t had a drink since quitting in preparation for Hot Fuzz, and Wright has always been a lightweight (according to Nick), this is very much personal territory as always. The World’s End is a pub loosely based on the very same one Edgar and Simon used to hit up back in the day. And they did indeed attempt a pub-crawl that had Nick carrying Edgar home after four pints.
But before you pack your bags to tackle the Golden Mile (we considered it), it is mostly a work of fiction. Filming took place mostly in Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth, late last year, where local pubs were transformed at the whim of the boys.
Over the last few years, the boys have been busy kicking goals on their own, so to make the physical return to their youth will be a fitting tribute and the culmination of their respective filmographies thus far. You could say The World’s End is their Golden Mile.
Our Guests: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost & Edgar Wright
The World’s End, in cinemas August 1.