Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backyard Movie (TESBY)
Obi Wan senses a disturbance in the Force and leaves, with his padawan, Anakin Skywalker, for a journey across the galaxy to find our what it is…
Made in 1999 and released in 2000, The Empire Strikes Backyard is a spoof story based upon George Lucas phenomenally successful Star Wars. It is preceded by a short mockumentary giving a comical insight into how Episode II might have been made.
Filmed at RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, UK, BYP utilised the help of local volunteers as well as a small prosthetics company called Behind the Mask whose biggest contribution was the Darth Maul make up and horns.
The story is cliche but the special effects were impressive at the time of making – especially since the film cost less than £1000 to make.
The gags should appeal to both Star Wars fans and those who are not fortunate enough to have experienced these marvellous films.