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This year, legions of Star Wars fans have lots to be thankful for, with Star Wars: Episode VII officially on the way.  An ambitious group of Australian fans and filmmakers decided that the wait for the December 18, 2015 release was too long (and far, far away), so they opted to make their own fan film instead.  Dubbed Star Wars Downunder, this short gives you an idea of what the original 1977 film would have looked like had George Lucas been born in Australia.  While the plot doesn’t focus on a rebellion bent on throwing off the shackles of imperialism or balancing the light and dark sides of the force, the characters fight for something even more important: beer.  Hit the jump to take a look.

Check out the trailer for writer-director Michael Cox’s Star Wars Downunder below, followed by the entire 30-minute fan film.  Make sure to turn the closed captions on, as they not only clear up the dialogue but also translate for those of us who don’t speak Australian.  Head over to the film’s site for much more:


The film tells the story of a lone Jedi: Merve Bushwacker (David Nicoll), returning home after a long absence. His mission? To partake in a refreshing beverage, known locally as amber fluid. On his arrival, he is dismayed to discover the planet has become as dry as a dead dingo′s donger, thanks to the tyrannical rule of Darth Drongo. Drongo has hoarded all the amber fluid in his impenetrable fortress “Dunny’s Deep” for reasons unknown. Can Merve, and a motley collection of unlikely allies band together to topple Drongo’s evil regime? Will liberty and amber fluid flow freely once more?


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  • Joseph M

    This makes me sound like a real buzkill, but as the look and production value of this short beats anything I’ve seen of the official Star Wars fan films, I’m wishing these guys launched a serious sci fi concept of their own and not some dumb spoof. ‘Just seems like a waste of really good technical talent.

    • Peter Parker

      But then if they did that, they probably wouldn’t be featured on any blogs and no one would be talking about them. People make showcase-y type stuff to promote themselves all the time that people don’t care about. May as well use an established franchise like SW to get people’s attention. I wouldn’t call it a “waste of really good technical talent.” This is more likely to get them noticed than making their own random stuff.

      • Farrell

        Name one person who got a successful career from making a fan film…

        Fan films do not get you attention that leads to a career. They get attention for the franchise you’re copying. The problem with fan films is that it shows you’re good at copying…but no one is going to give you money unless they know you can make something original that works. This is why fan films are a waste of time.

        The way to build a successful career is to do something original that kicks ass. Everyone from Spielberg to Lynch to Aronofsky to Nolan has done it this way.

      • Rory Parker

        Dan Trachtenberg directed a Portal short and is now set to direct Y: The Last Man.
        That’s not to mention all the directors who have made crappy little fun films (which are heavily influenced by others, and so are teetering on ‘fan-film’ status) – like Sam Raimi’s ‘Within the Woods’ or Edgar Wright’s ‘A Fistful of Fingers’.

        So yeah, it happens.

      • Farrell

        Trachtenberg was an established major commercial director before he did that Portal short…he already had a career as a professional director. I was talking about filmmakers who had no professional directing career before making a fan film…as in the fan film directly leading to them becoming a professional, paid filmmaker.

        And there is a world of difference between “little fun films” influenced by other films and out and out FAN FILMS that exist in the same universe as another franchise…every film is influenced by other films to some extent.

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  • Strong Enough

    I hope Lucas sues their ass

    • Steven Ray Morris

      Why side with the corporate blokes?

  • fatboy35

    Aw, come on. It was fun :)

  • eternalozzie

    that was kind of terrible.

  • steve

    Speaking as an Aussie, that was terrible. It made me cringe.

  • Nickula11

    Speaking as another Aussie, I thought it was kind of funny, best part was ignighting a lightsaber and saying ‘I have had a bloody gut-full!’ – now I know what my Dad would be like as a Jedi.

  • Why?

    So many homages, so little time!! Fucking brilliant!!

  • MEY

    I would be happy to see such creativity in a Star Wars spin-off movie.
    They should work on an official Star Wars project or series, beyond doubt.

  • tarek

    So that’s the aussie accent ? I didn’t catch half of what they were saying.

  • RoguePilot

    All the Storm Troopers looked like an armored up Ned Kelly! LOL

  • RoguePilot

    All the Storm Troopers looked like an armored up Ned Kelly! LOL

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