We celebrate the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special with a screening of the new documentary A Disturbance in the Force and behold the most notorious Star Wars rip-offs with Bad Movie Bible author Rob Hill!

Few pieces of media are as sought after as the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Released in 1978 to capitalise on the success of Star Wars, the famously bad TV event led to George Lucas allegedly tracking down every copy he could find in order to wipe it from the public consciousness.

But yet it survived…

Today, the Star Wars Holiday Special has become prized among Star Wars fans with bootleg copies becoming prize collectibles.

Now, 45 years later, you are invited to travel back to a galaxy far, far away to find out how the Star Wars Holiday Special happened.

A Disturbance in the Force dives into the mystery of how it happened and why, much to the chagrin of George Lucas, it has become the ultimate cult classic among Star Wars fans.

However it’s not the only weird part of Star Wars fandom.

The success of George Lucas’ sci-fi epic led to countless rip-offs and remakes and we’ll be joined by Bad Movie Bible author Rob Hill to celebrate some of the strangest ones out there with a clip show spun off from his popular Borrowing Blockbusters Youtube show.

We’ll also be joined by Star Wars writer Cavan Scott who will be doing a reading from The Life Day Treasury that recently recanonised Chewie’s family and Life Day into the Star Wars Universe!

Please note: this is NOT a screening of the full Star Wars Holiday Special. That thing is over two hours long and it is a slog!

This film and event is certified ’PG’. Bring your kids! We’ll watch our language!

Please note that unfortunately this screening will NOT be subtitled.

When: 7.00pm (doors open: 6.30pm), Thursday 14th December

Location: The former Bristol IMAX, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT


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“Yes, it was that unprecedented. Yes, it was that bad.” – Salon.com

“The Star Wars Holiday Special is a work of such baffling insanity that every Star Wars fan deserves to watch it once – but probably only once.” – Flickering Myth

“Words have not been invented to describe how bad it is.” – Den of Geek