Somerset

Hollywood director goes back to Somerset school

Philip Welch and Edgar Wright at Blue Plaque and a scene from Hot Fuzz Image copyright Philip Welch and Universal Pictures
Image caption Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright thanked teachers for encouraging his film career

Film director Edgar Wright has returned to the school which helped him launch his Hollywood career.

A blue plaque was unveiled at The Blue School in Wells to celebrate the director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.

Mr Wright was a student at the school between 1985 and 1992.

After the ceremony Mr Wright said teachers had encouraged him to make his first films.

Image copyright AP
Image caption The director went on to co-write Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and the screenplay for Ant-Man

He said the school let him borrow a video camera and allowed him to show his films, charging 50p for admission. It was "a nice little earner," he said.

Mr Wright, who now lives in LA, collaborated with Simon Pegg, Nira Park and Nick Frost to make the trilogy Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End.

The self-confessed "film geek" also co-wrote Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and the screenplay for Ant-Man.

The blue plaque was organised by Philip Welch, from Wells Civic Society, who said he wanted to inspire future pupils.

"I hope it will make these young people think, if a skinny Blue School teenager can become a famous Hollywood film writer and director, what can I achieve?"

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