It’s now available in the UK and Ireland for digital download and looks at the earliest days of the movie saga while it was being filmed here in the UK. It’s Elstree 1976 and you need to see it.
In 1976, during the hottest summer on record, Star Wars was shot in suburban North London. Nobody involved had any idea how big the film would become, many couldn’t even remember the title. Yet for the bit-part actors and extras, their faces hidden behind masks, helmets and prosthetics, this seemingly insignificant job would go on to colour their live, some four decades later.
Elstree 1976 is a portrait of a cross-section of these people: from legends such as Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader, and Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett; to little known extras underneath the masks of Stormtroopers, X-Wing pilots, and green-skinned bounty hunter Greedo. It tells the stories of their lives and explores the eccentric community they have formed, traveling the world, signing autographs for fans, unable or unwilling to move beyond the shadow of Star Wars.
The film is out now in the UK & Ireland with behind-the-scenes extras which can be found here.