This documentary comes at just the right time, for us to not only get extra excited about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also for some in-depth character study in preparation for it.
Elstree Studios was the location where most of the original Star Wars was filmed and made. The ever so important cultural beast was shot in 1976, hence the name, Elstree 1976. FilmMaker Jon Spira has stated that he didn’t want to make just another ‘making-of’ documentary, but rather, his goal was to focus on the untold stories of the people that seemed to have small parts. This film focuses on ten individuals who were involved in the making of Star Wars, and tells us their story, and how their lives were changed due to the unforeseen success of the George Lucas film they were working on.
It’s exciting to see a film that takes us to a place we haven’t been before, a film that tells us stories we haven’t heard before. I am not sure how popular this documentary will be, but from the trailer and from early reviews, I am sure it will get around. The project was completed via a KickStarter funding campaign, which is hopefully allowing for a wider distribution.
What is also exciting is that FIlmMaker Jon Spira also writes through this medium, namely WordPress, so be sure to check out his website here. Excited about Elstree 1976!?