In the summer of 1977, the release of ‘Star Trek’ and the beginning of the ‘Star wars’ film franchise was all the buzz around the internet.
It was the first time that the popular science fiction film series had been a major source of media for mainstream audiences, and the success of the new franchise was just beginning.
The first Star Wars film was released on June 25, 1977, and while many of the prequel films have gone down in history, the first film in the new trilogy had a bigger following and a more loyal fanbase than the previous two.
However, it was not until the following year that ‘Star War’ actually began to be released in cinemas, in a move which fans have long been arguing has been to the detriment of the original trilogy.
Star Wars: A New Hope was released in theatres on December 25, 1980, and was the beginning point of a long line of prequel movies which followed it, including the films that followed ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’.
Although many of these films had a larger audience, they were not considered major hits and have since fallen out of favour.
Although the original Star Wars trilogy ended on December 17, 2001, many fans were still excited by the prospect of a return to the galaxy far, far away.
So it is perhaps not surprising that the new ‘Star war’ films would be a different experience.
In this documentary, the history behind the film franchise, we take a look at how the original film came to be and what it means to fans today.
Listen to the documentary below and catch up on the film below!