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November 1, 2021 75 min

It was over a decade ago when director Edgar Wright was gifted a book called “Hammer Glamour: Classic Images from the Archive of Hammer Films” that showcased iconic women from the studio’s vast history except this wasn’t just some glossy coffee table book. 

Instead, Wright was struck by the sheer number of those women whose careers were cut short or lives that ended tragically. Combined with his own history for a certain neighborhood in North London and Wright started to get an idea for a story that would document the hardships about a young ingenue who discovers the underbelly of the entertainment industry when she’s trying to make it big. 

Wright eventually found the actress he wanted to star in the film after he watched Anya-Taylor Joy in her breakout role in Robert Eggers’ “The Witch,” but plans to shoot the movie were soon complicated by a number of outside factors and other projects. 

When Wright finally decided to revisit the project, he changed the role that Joy would play while also casting Thomasin McKenzie, who just found success in her breakout role in “Jojo Rabbit.” 

The movie follows an ambitious young girl moving to London for the first time as she seeks to become a fashion designer but dreams about a 1960s starlet attempting to make it big soon turn to nightmares that don’t go away when she opens her eyes.

In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to put on a Petula Clark record and dream of 1960s London as we review the new film “Last Night in Soho”…

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