Last Night in Soho: Director Edgar Wright

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The Academy Museum’s David Geffen Theater hosted its first movie premiere Monday for a psychological thriller starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie.

The film’s director Edgar Wright paid tribute to the late Diana Rigg.

 

Standing on stage inside the Academy Museum’s David Geffen Theater just before 8 p.m., Focus Features’ Peter Kujawski connected the gray skies to Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho.

“I hope you guys noticed that we spared absolutely no expense in importing the London weather for everyone today for the full authenticity of the experience,” quipped the chair, “thank you for coming out in spite of that and for being here to celebrate this incredible film.”

Anya Taylor-Joy attends Focus Features' premiere of "Last Night In Soho" at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

“It’s such a privilege,” he said, though he was quick to say it’s a privilege to have any screening whatsoever now. “It’s so great to be in a room together watching not just this film but any film. We all have to count ourselves very lucky that we get to do this.”

Wright paid tribute to his partners at Focus, Universal, Film4, Working Title and Complete Fiction for allowing him to cut his own path in the industry by making “original movies.”

He added: “I don’t take any of these things for granted at all and the chance to make original movies and be seen around the world means so much.”

Attendees included producers Nira Park, Eric Fellner, Leonora “Leo” Thompson, sound editor Julian Slater, Universal chair Donna Langley, Focus vice chair Jason Cassidy, Universal president Abhijay Prakash, and guests Annette Bening, Taika Waititi, Clifton Collins Jr., Darren Criss, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Beck, Adriana Lima and the Sparks duo Ron and Russell Mael.

Last Night in Soho is a psychological thriller starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie.

It tells the story of a young fashion student (McKenzie) who moves to London to follow her dreams only to end up plagued by nightmares when she winds up embodying an aspiring singer named Sandie (Taylor-Joy) in the 1960s.

The film opens this weekend after being pushed back several times amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wright acknowledged the “emotional journey” it has been to get to this point; a moment worth celebrating, but not without pause in that one of the stars of the film, Dame Diana Rigg passed away last September at age 82.