Tuesday June 06, 2017

Edgar Wright's new film Baby Driver is 'not a conventional musical'

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright with Tom Power in the q studios in Toronto, Ont.

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright with Tom Power in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Melody Lau/CBC)

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Ever since Edgar Wright's latest film Baby Driver premiered earlier this year at the SXSW film festival it has been garnering a significant amount of buzz. The film stars Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort as the title character.

The film, written and directed by Wright, centres around a getaway car driver who needs music to carry out his criminal activities because he suffers from tinnitus, which causes ringing in the ears. Consequently, music is an integral part of the film's narrative. The film's dialogue, the actors' movements, the car and action sequences are all tightly synched to the rhythm of the music heard throughout the film. The soundtrack to the film includes music from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Beach Boys, Martha and the Vandellas and the Commodores, among others.

Ahead of the film's June 28th release, director Edgar Wright talks to Tom Power about his career — which includes films like Shaun of the Dead and the Toronto-based Scott Pilgrim vs. The World — and how he uses sound, music, dialogue and nostalgia to blur the lines between thriller, musical and genre homage.

— Produced by Ty Callender