Edgar Wright's Very First Film 'A Fistful of Fingers' Premiering in LA

October 22, 2015

Fistful of Fingers

Way, way back when (really just 20 years ago), before he made Scott Pilgrim or Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, wee little Edgar Wright made his first film at the "tender" age of 20. It's a goofy western called A Fistful of Fingers (referencing Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars), and it runs only 78 minutes, featuring mostly Wright's friends. When this was brought up during the release of The World's End, Edgar realized that the film was barely released and not many people have ever actually had the chance to see it (though it did hit the web a few years ago). Now it's getting a 20th anniversary re-release in London this November, and it's opening next month on the big screen with a premiere at Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Check it out.

Here's a look at the Saul Bass-esque opening titles for Edgar Wright's A Fistful of Fingers, made in 1995:

Fistful of Fingers Poster

The poster above was created by Paul Shipper to celebrate the upcoming release/premiere of the film in the US. It's also re-opening in London at the legendary Prince Charles Cinema starting on November 24th.

The film follows Graham Low (the living statue in Hot Fuzz) in the lead role as “No-Name”, a gunslinger who rides into Somerset aka Deadwood Town in search of his rival The Squint (Oli van der Vijver). After the death of his loyal horse Easy, No-Name swears revenge and sets off to settle the score once and for all. Unlike the work which has made Wright a praised filmmaker, A Fistful of Fingers is a straight-up parody along the lines of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Airplane! or The Naked Gun. Edgar Wright made this film on 16mm, and jokes "I'm not going to say it's good as Citizen Kane but it is a hell of a lot sillier." Yep.

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This movie should play with tires under a bridge

ExtraHotTaco on Oct 22, 2015


The description and the poster are very "Spaced"-era Edgar Wright....the Squint - haha! Graham Low (the living statue in Hot Fuzz) - hahaha!

TheOct8pus on Oct 22, 2015


Those title are great. I wonder why young people aren't trying to make short films like these? Too busy doing product reviews maybe?

Carpola on Oct 22, 2015


Who said they don't?

Snev De la Fontaine on Oct 22, 2015


I imagine they do, but with the technology to make a pretty decent film in a phone these days, I thought there would be more. Since learning motion graphics, often when I look up tutorials, they usually come from 12 year olds making intros, so I know there are kids doing stuff.

Carpola on Oct 23, 2015


I recommend checking out Vimeo's STAFF PICK(s). You can find some real treasures there.

DAVIDPD on Oct 22, 2015


Yep David, Vimeo is great, with being able to watch a lot of shorts on that, I never really watch normal television at all.

Carpola on Oct 23, 2015


N i c e . We need more Wright in our lives.

DAVIDPD on Oct 22, 2015


It's the Wright thing to do. The Wright'ing is on the wall, this will be done the Wright way in releasing this again. I just hope he is Wright'ing a new screenplay to direct.

shane willett on Oct 26, 2015

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