May the fourth be with you

Star Wars fan Andy Gough.
Star Wars fan Andy Gough. Patrick Gorbunovs

WITH 65,000 Australians declaring their religion to be 'Jedi' in the 2011 census, Star Wars fans would like to see May 4 become a public holiday.

"May the fourth be with you" is the catch cry for this, the unofficial international Star Wars Day.

Larnook resident Andy Gough took great delight in dressing up for a Star Wars photo for The Northern Star, although he said he "had to let out (his) Jedi belt a bit to get into the costume."

"I've been a Star Wars geek since 1977 since my dad took me to the cinema to see Star Wars. I loved the first three films and couldn't get enough of the action figures," he said.

"In my adulthood, as a working person I had a few bucks and bought a few collectable items like the light sabre and storm trooper helmet; more prop replicas rather than toys and a couple of costumes."

As a child of the 70s, Andy said he has much more of an attachment to the original trilogy than the prequels that followed in the late 90s, but is looking forward to the new Disney movies; the first of which is due in 2015 to be directed by JJ Abrams who helped re-brand the Star Trek series.

"I liked his re-boot of Star Trek and I'm looking forward to the new film. He's a bit of an unknown quantity when it comes to Star Wars, but somebody needed to rescue it from George Lucas if it was to continue to evolve," Andy said.

Also having fun for Star Wars Day were the library staff at SCU, who got into the spirit on Friday and dressed up.

Libby Pownall is one of the help desk staff and dressed as the character Darth Maul from the Phantom menace movie.

"The staff wanted to have a bit of fun for the students to interact with and we thought we'd shed a bit of light on their lives," she said.

Masks were available for students to wear in Lismore and she said at the Gold Coast they held a Star Wars quiz and in Coffs Harbour there was a Star Wars display.

"It's fun to dress up and people relate to the characters... I think they are amazing films," she said.

This publicity film image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation shows, from left, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a scene from Star Wars, which was released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977.
This publicity film image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation shows, from left, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a scene from Star Wars, which was released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977. AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation

Ten things you probably didn't know about Star Wars

  1. While there were 65,000 "Jedi Knights" at the last Census, in the 2001 Census more than 70,000 Australians (0.37%) declared themselves members of the Jedi order.
  2. Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace generated most box office sales worldwide - $1,007,044,677
  3. The seven movies generate worldwide box office sales of $4,485,672,683
  4. The Star Wars franchise generated $US27,000,000,000 by 2011
  5. One of the "asteroids" in the famous asteroid-dodging scene in the Empire Strikes Back was really a potato.
  6. R2-D2's name comes from the term "reel 2, dialogue 2"
  7. The design of the Millenium Falcon is based on a cheeseburger, with the pickle spear sticking out the top becoming the communications dish.
  8. Jabba the Hutt was originally going to be furry.
  9. Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader has been played by six different people: David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Bob Anderson, Sebastian Shaw, Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen.
  10. The original voice actor for Darth Vader, James Earl Jones, was so sure Star Wars would be a flop he asked to not have his name appear in the film's credits.

Celebrate International Star Wars Day at Lismore tonight

THERE is a night of punk rock and Star Wars mania happening at the Lismore City Bowling Club tonight.

The Snattchettes, Black Ghost Party, Slug, Evolver, The Bodgies and String Baby will be performing and the crowd is encouraged to come as their favourite Star Wars character.

And if you thought Star Wars and punk rock was an interesting mix, the gig is also a fundraiser for future action against CSG with funds going towards buying a mobile pizza oven to take to blockades!

The gig gets under way at 7pm. Entry is $8 or $6 concession and vegetarian pizza will be available.





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