I AM YOUR FATHER
Darth Vader is well established as one of the most outstanding villains in film history. His tall physique, long cape, the breathing and helmet are all instantly recognized worldwide. The one missing thing is the man behind the mask, David Prowse.
80 years old now, David lives anonymously in Croydon, a suburb of London. He apparently has a simple life, but unlike his neighbors, David hides one of the most incredible stories that can ever be told.
Our story begins when a young filmmaker travels to London to propose that David Prowse reshoot a sequence from the legendary trilogy. A sequence he couldn't shoot thirty years earlier and which deprived him from being as well known as the other leading members of the cast, such as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher or Mark Hamill. The goal is to repair an injustice for the thousands of fans who believe that David Prowse should have played Darth Vader in that particular scene. In a symbolic way, the director, assisted by a group of enthusiastic fans, will try to give Prowse back the recognition he never had.
In this documentary, the directors will find some clues about the difficult relationship between David Prowse and Lucasfilm. Apparently, the reason of for their differences was an article published by a British newspaper during the shooting of "The return of the Jedi". Was the article the only reason why David Prowse has been ostracized all these years?.
It's time to find the truth about this, as we try to convince David Prowse to play , one the last time, the most well known villain of all time.
We are the "Star Wars Generation", it's a fact. All of us who were born during the 70s saw the first trilogy of the galactic saga as children. It was inevitable that we became devoted fans of one of the most influential popular culture films of all time some of those fans, among which we find ourselves, went even further, because those films opened our eyes beyond the imaginable. We went into the darkness (dark side) from behind a camera. Star Wars was the source of inspiration for a generation of filmmakers who wanted to start telling stories through the lens of a movie camera.
One day, two of these filmmakers, decided to join forces to tell the story of a stranger. A man who played one of the most iconic and recognizable villains of all time in film , but in the most absolute anonymity. That man is David Prowse, the actor who played the mythical and unique Darth Vader. Our interest is to know and learn from the man behind the mask with permission from George Lucas himself.
The story of David Prowse goes far beyond a simple collection of stories about his experiences on the set of Star Wars. It is an adventure with many lights and shadows about a simple man who suddenly was overwhelmed by the transcendence of a character that had such global success. We found , like Vader, his imposing presence hides a succession of events that he was unable to control. We believe that life has offered us the opportunity to recover David Prowse's glory, honour and legacy. The man, the myth and the character. Ironically, the same kids who once feared Darth Vader, now will try to humanize him through this documentary.
Toni Bestard y Marcos Cabotá
David "Dave" Prowse was born on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. It was not until 1977 when David attended an audition for a film entitled Star Wars. The film was not considered to be a big thing at the time and the audition was held by director George Lucas. David played the role of Darth Vader for the entirety of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Actor / R2D2
Kenneth George "Kenny" Baker (born 24 August 1934) is an English actor and musician. He is well-known for portraying the character R2-D2 in the popular science-fiction movie franchise Star Wars.
Star Wars Comic's Artist
Michael Atiyeh is a colorist who works at Dark Horse Comics. He was one of many artists and writers acquired by Dark Horse after CrossGen Comics went bankrupt.
Author of "The Cinema of George Lucas"
Marcus Hearn is the author of "The Cinema of George Lucas" and the official biographer of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson and author of the New York Times bestseller "Doctor Who: The Vault". His other books include the award-winning The Art of Hammer, Saucy Postcards, The Avengers: A Celebration and Eight Days a Week, the story of The Beatles final world tour.
Star Wars Producer
Gary Kurtz was born on July 27, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Gary Douglas Kurtz. He is a producer and assistant director, known for Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and American Graffiti (1973). He has been married to Clare Gabriel since 2003. He was previously married to Roberta Jimenez Kurtz and Meredith Alsup Kurtz.
Darth Vader Sculptor
Brian has created many recognizable characters, sets and props for adverts, TV, film and out of industry work. He is perhaps most famous for his work on Star Wars as the sculptor of "Darth Vader's helmet". In 2009 Brian wrote his autobiography "In The Shadow Of Vader" which has been rated with 5 stars on online shopping store, Amazon for over 2 years. It tells the story of Brians time in the film industry.
Star Wars Producer
Robert Watts was born on May 23, 1938 in London, England. He is a producer and production manager, known for The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
Actor / Boba Fett
In 1978, he was starring in the television comedy series Agony (1979), which was co-written by an American called Len Richmond. It was during this series that Jeremy was asked to play a small part in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The part, of course, was Boba Fett - proving the old theatrical saying that "there is no such thing as a small part"! Return of the Jedi (1983) soon followed and Jeremy was invited to reprise the role of Boba.
Title “I AM YOUR FATHER”
Year of Production 2015
Running Time 82 min.
Screening format DCP.
Color B/N Color / Scope.
Language ENGLISH / SPANISH
Subtitles SPANISH / ENGLISH
Production Companies NOVA TV, SINGULAR AUDIOVISUAL, STRANGE FRIENDS, IB3 TELEVISIÓ
Written and Directed by TONI BESTARD & MARCOS CABOTÁ
Produced by PAULA SERRA.
Executive Producers PAULA SERRA, MIQUEL VERD, MARCOS CABOTÁ y TONI BESTARD
Production Manager DIANA DE LA CUADRA
Directors of Photography NICOLÁS PINZÓN y DANIEL TORRELLÓ
Edited by SAÚL BENEJAMA
Music by TOLO PRATS
Sound RUBÉN PÉREZ, TOLO PRATS y MIQUEL LLINÁS
Shooting Locations UK, USA, GERMANY and SPAIN