Watch now: New Star Wars mini-movie set in Norwich
16:27 18 December 2014
A new short film which sees Star Wars characters descend upon Norwich has been released online to raise funds for charity.
Droids R2-D2 and C-3PO feature in the mini-movie which was created by Norwich Star Wars fans James Sutherland and Simon Wilkie and shot at Norwich Market, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the Style gym in Ber Street.
The fan film, called R2’s Wish, went online on YouTube at 4pm today - exactly a year to the day that the next Star Wars movie will be released on the big screen.
Mr Sutherland has produced and directed the film while Mr Wilkie - who plays C-3PO - has devised and scripted it. R2-D2 was built and operated by Adam Strawson while the music is by Jamie Robertson.
In the opening scene, a plant room at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital doubles as a futuristic tunnel system full of high-tech equipment, and during the three-minute film C-3PO goes out and about around Norwich.
The plot is described as: “Routine maintenance is the task at hand but one droid’s desire for adventure sparks a day anything but routine.”
Mr Sutherland, who works in IT, said: “It looks amazing. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here and it is great how so many people have shown their support.”
R2’s Wish has been created to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK which aims to grant wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Mr Wilkie, 29, already raises funds for the charity by making special appearances in the C-3PO suit which he made himself.
Mr Sutherland, 28, who was born with Hirschsprung’s disease which is a rare disorder of the bowel, said he was especially passionate about raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK because he had first-hand experience of spending time in and out of hospital as he was growing up.
• R2’s Wish is free to watch on YouTube but all money raised by advertising revenue will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.
• People can also donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation via Mr Wilkie’s online JustGiving page
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