Shaun Of The Dead | 2004
The first of what turned out to be Edgar Wright’s sublime Cornetto Trilogy is based on the simplest of premises: In a city packed with blank-eyed wage slaves and whacked-out clubheads, how long would it take us to notice the arrival of George A Romero’s lumbering, flesh-chomping undead?
It takes Shaun (Simon Pegg) quite a while, what with placating his long-suffering girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), defending his amiably slobby best mate Ed (Nick Frost) and pleasing his parents (the priceless Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy).
Shaun’s neighbourhood is north London, around Crouch End, where his flat is 83 Nelson Road at Weston Park, N8.
Across the road, the local grocery store, where Shaun fails to notice anything, um, out of the ordinary, is Weston Park Grocery, 96 Weston Park.
Also north London, in upmarket Highgate, you can find Liz’s apartment block, which is Cunningham House, Hillcrest, off North Hill, N6 .
Shaun himself works in an electronics store on High Road, North Finchley, and his parents live at 37 Abbots Gardens, East Finchley.
Odd, then, that he has such a trek down to his beloved local boozer, ‘The Winchester Tavern’. The pub is way across the city, south of the Thames, in New Cross Gate. It’s – or rather, it was – the Duke of Albany, 39 Monson Road at Barlborough Street, SE14. Since filming, the pub closed down and has been remodelled and converted into flats.