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Star Wars Day coming to the BFI

The original trilogy to be screened for a special BFI celebration.

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As part of the BFI’s three-month blockbuster season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder presented together with O2, the BFI will be celebrating Star Wars Day on Saturday 13th December 2014, with special guests to be announced soon.

With filming now wrapped on JJ Abrams’ forthcoming Star Wars movie; The Force Awakens, the BFI are taking audiences back to the very beginning with a very special day dedicated to the mother of all Space Operas.

Star Wars Day on Saturday 13th December 2014 will comprise of screenings of the special editions of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), plus special guests (TBA). If you aren’t able to get tickets to Star Wars Day, the individual films will screen on the 15th, 16th and 18th December respectively.

For Star Wars Day, prizes will be given to audience members who dress to impress, and at the end of the night there will be a themed DJ set and space inspired cocktails in Benugo, which will be transformed into the BFI’s own Mos Eisley Cantina.

Throughout the Sci-Fi season fans will also be able to take a look behind the scenes with a unique exhibition. On-Set – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Until 4 Jan, BFI Southbank Atrium) will provide a rare opportunity to see one of the treasures of the BFI National Archive: an original shooting script for Episode IV: A New Hope.

The script was donated to the BFI by the film’s continuity supervisor Ann Skinner, and as such includes extensive shooting notes, deleted scenes and unique Polaroid photographs which give a fascinating insight into the making of the film. Never before seen pages and photographs from the script will be on display, exploring the style of the film as well as the highly-skilled work that that went into creating one of the most enduring and influential Sci-Fi films ever made.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (special edition)

USA 1977. Dir George Lucas. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness. 125min. U

With this film George Lucas created a generation of film fans and continued to inspire and captivate with each new audience. When Princess Leia hides the blueprints to the Death Star in an R2D2 droid unit it leads farm boy Luke Skywalker, rogue Han Solo, the mysterious Ben Kenobi, droid C3PO and the wookie Chewbacca on an epic adventure, taking in fantastic worlds, dangerous missions and a burgeoning romance. Join us to celebrate the story that started a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Sat 13 Dec 11:00 NFT1 (Star Wars Day)

Mon 15 Dec 17:45 NFT1

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (special edition)

USA 1980. Dir Irvin Kershner. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams. 127min. U

The epic adventure takes a darker turn as the Rebel Alliance is forced to scatter from the ice planet Hoth after an attack from Imperial forces. Luke trains under Jedi master Yoda on the swamp planet Dagobah, and Han Solo is betrayed by old friend Lando Calrissian in Cloud City. Darth Vader’s link to Luke is dramatically revealed in a light sabre battle, leaving Luke with a choice to make between the Jedi force and the power of the Sith.

Sat 13 Dec 11:00 NFT1 (Star Wars Day)

Tue 16 Dec 17:45 NFT1

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (special edition)

USA 1983. Dir Richard Marquand. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Warwick Davis. 135min. U

Now a trained Jedi knight, Luke joins Leia and Lando in rescuing Han Solo from Jabba the Hut on Tatooine. The crew head to the forest planet Endor and meet the Ewoks, and together they must destroy the Imperial army’s newer, stronger Death Star. Han becomes jealous of Luke and Leia’s growing closeness and Luke reveals he has more family alive. The original trilogy ends with treetop celebrations, and paved the way for future stories to continue.

Sat 13 Dec 11:00 NFT1 (Star Wars Day)

Thu 18 Dec 20:20 NFT1

For further information and tickets, check out the BFI website.

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