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The Galaxy Britain Built - The British talent behind Star Wars, Screening and Q&A (Norwich)

Star Wars is a global phenomenon.

The Galaxy Britain Built tells the story of British artists, designers and filmmakers who worked on it, and reveals the secrets of the creation of some of the most famous costumes, props and sets in movie history.

RTS East invites you to this very special screening of The Galaxy Britain Built hosted by BBC Look East presenter and Star Wars Superfan, David Whiteley. We are delighted that the screening will be followed by a Q&A session with legendary Film Producer, Robert Watts.

Working Lives: Samantha Beddoe, co-founder of indie It's All Made Up Productions

The cast of Boiling Point stand in an ensemble in a blue-ish light, all of them in kitchen attire and looking stressed

She hopes the indie’s debut – hit BBC One drama Boiling Point – is the first of many TV and film successes.

Why did you set up an indie together?

Phil and I were introduced in 2019. It was a coincidence that we are both from Liverpool and have similar backgrounds. Neither of us knew anyone in the industry – we fought our way in and built these careers for ourselves, and we both have very similar goals. So we decided to work together.

Kit Harington enters the snake pit in first-look images for series three of Industry

Kit Harrington sits indoors, wearing a suit, and looking off-camera

The first series plunged viewers headfirst into the dizzying world of Pierpoint & Co, a leading investment bank. Deals on the London office’s trading floor are made on a dime, and rake in millions.

Just as intense as the work is the lifestyle. Drugs, sex and drinking collide with equities portfolios. Anyone who doesn’t keep up – in any department – risks failure, which in this world is unthinkable.

Working Lives: Robert Strange, creature actor for Doctor Who and Star Wars

Three green Wrarth Warriors stand in the street, pointing guns at something off-camera

What is a creature actor?

A creature actor plays roles that are usually very physical, with a fantastical, non-human form. At one extreme, I am unrecognisable in costume and prosthetics, being beastly and monstrous.

But Emma Stone’s Oscar-winning performance in Poor Things is also a kind of creature performance; it’s a take on the Frankenstein character, embodying something that is not the regular human experience.

What attributes does a creature actor need?

Andor star Varada Sethu to join Doctor Who as new companion

Millie Gibson, Ncuti Gatwa and Varada Sethu sit together smiling, with Sethu holding Gatwa's arm

Sethu will play the Doctor’s companion, alongside Millie Gibson (Coronation Street), who will be returning to play fellow companion Ruby Sunday. Gibson made her debut in the 2023 Doctor Who Christmas Special ‘The Church on Ruby Road’.

Gatwa and Gibson’s second season of Doctor Who will be the 15th series since the sci-fi staple was revived in 2005. However, Gatwa and Gibson’s first series – which sees the return of the revival’s original showrunner, Russell T Davies – will officially be known as ‘season one’.

Pinewood Studios set to launch UK Screen Hub featuring film inspired visitor attraction

The new hub will be based at their Buckinghamshire site and will sit on a 77-acre plot adjacent to the existing studio, famous for the global franchises Star Wars and James Bond.

The Screen hub will include a 350,000 sq. ft film inspired visitor attraction called Pinewood Studio Experience, brand new film production opportunities, an educational training and skills hub, a creative industries business growth hub, all topped off with a green campus.

Sky announces new studio at Elstree

The new studio is planned to house the production of multiple TV shows and films simultaneously and will be located in Elstree, close to the home of Star Wars and Strictly Come Dancing, Elstree Studios.

Backed by Sky’s recent new owner Comcast, the new studio will be developed in partnership with sister-company NBCUniversal and Legal & General.

RTS East explore the British talent behind the original Star Wars trilogy

Robert Watts and David Whiteley

Watts was one of the contributors to presenter/producer and Star Wars superfan David Whiteley’s affectionate look at the British talent behind the Star Wars phenomenon.

An audience of more than 75, including two stormtroopers, enjoyed a screening of the original 60-minute version of The Galaxy Britain Built, winner of RTS East’s Best Factual Programme and Best Post-Production awards earlier this year.