EFM: UK sales outfit The Works International has boarded world rights to documentary Elstree 1976, about the effect Star Wars had on the lives of those involved in even the smallest roles in the film.

Elstree 1976

Directed by Jon Spira, whose previous documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar was named one of the top 10 music films of 2011 by the NME, and produced by Hank Starrs (Dust), the film features Star Wars actors and extras from Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) to Derek Lyons (Massassi Temple Guard) and Pam Rose (Leesub Sirlin).

The film will explore ten actors’ lives and explore the eccentric community they have formed.

The Works will be screening a promo of the film, currently in post-production, during the EFM in Berlin.

The Kickstarter-funded project is due to be released ahead of J.J Abrams’  Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

Director Jon Spira said: “I’ve always been interested in those who exist on the fringes of pop culture and it’s been a wonderful, sometimes surreal, experience building relationships with the people who were inside these iconic costumes and learning their incredible stories.

“If you like Star Wars, Elstree 1976 will give you a whole new, quite poignant perspective on that phenomenon, but you don’t have to have seen Star Wars to connect with this film because, at its essence it’s simply a story about what happens when ordinary people find themselves unwittingly connected to something extraordinary.”​