More on the additional programmes in the fest, from Empire
The undoubted highlight of the mini-festival, programmed entirely by Wright, is the double bill of Hot Fuzz – the movie’s first paid UK screening – and Gordon Parks’ little-known minor classic, The Super Cops, on February 10, but the line-up is an Aladdin’s Cave of treasured cop movies, including Robert Blake in Electra Glide In Blue, John Woo’s Hard Boiled, Sudden Impact – the fourth in the Dirty Harry series and the only one to feature a farting dog – and John Wayne’s Brannigan, the movie he made to soothe his soul after turning down the role of Dirty Harry.
(Ed. - Bit spoiler-ish:) Then there’s the overt influences on Hot Fuzz, including a Danny Butterman double bill of Point Break and Bad Boys II – the movies directly referenced in Hot Fuzz, when Nick Frost’s character shows both movies to Simon Pegg’s Nicholas Angel – on February 9, while Tony Scott, one of Wright’s favourite action directors, is given his due with Man On Fire (although it’s, strictly speaking, not a cop movie) and True Romance (again, erm, not a cop movie) both running during the Fuzztival.
In fact, Tony Scott will be present at a Q&A moderated by Edgar Wright on Sunday February 4, while Wright will introduce many of the Fuzztival’s screenings in person (although, with most movies showing at least three times, he can’t be at every single one, for obvious reasons). It promises to be a cracking event with some buried gems, some bona fide classics and a smattering of guilty pleasures for you all to catch up on.