On Tuesday evening I was lucky enough to go to a special charity showing of Hot Fuzz at the wonderful Broadway Cinema in Letchworth. Adam and I go to the beautiful Art Deco picture house often, preferring it to the nearby multiplex, but this of course was an even more fun night than usual…..
The team who brought us Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have recently been filming the third in their ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ in Letchworth, which is the next door neighbour town to Hitchin, where I live. As a thank you to Letchworth, they agreed to put on the special screening as well as a Q&A session. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright came along to the cinema to take questions sent ahead online, as well as from some of us there…. in fact I even managed to ask a question myself!
I’m sure you’ll all be glad to know that I managed to unlock the vital secret of ‘If you were a Cornetto, what flavour would you be?’ Simon’s answer was ‘the classic Nut’ whilst Edgar claimed he was more like the Strawberry flavour. Neither explained why though.
They were also asked if there was any way they could premier the new film, ‘World’s End’, at the little local cinema, and despite explaining that the big premier just has to be in Leicester Square, they did promise to come back to Lewtchworth to present a very special Gala screening there….so I’ll look forward to that!
We didn’t hear very many spoilers about the new film (probably for the best), although it was great to hear some of the funny stories from the filming….about how they thought Letchworth was the perfect Garden City to shoot their pub crawl film in, until they realised it was originally a ‘dry town’….how they turned the train station into a pub and confused lots of commuters….and how because of the terrible weather, they had to have a fire truck during all the shoots to water the pavements for continuity!
Lots of people seemed to leave after the Q&A, presumably to chase after the pair for autographs and photos, but I was super excited to see Hot Fuzz…. I didn’t catch it at the cinema when it came out, but have watched it many times since and find it a brilliant film. It was even better seeing it on the big screen, and it’s definitely one of those that you can watch dozens of times and still find new things in every time you do. It was wonderful to hear an audience of fans laughing out loud together, and the action sequences were so much more fun to watch all bigified!
I now can’t wait to see the new film, in which five friends reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier, only to become humankind’s only hope for survival. I have to wait until August though.