Learn About Operating Jabba The Hutt in Great 20-Minute Documentary

Jamie Benning's Filmumentaries are some of the best behind-the-scenes documentaries I've ever seen. Benning combines rarely seen video with interviews he's conducted himself, commentary tracks from Blu-ray and DVD releases of the films in question, and just generally provides an amazing in-depth experience for film fans so they can learn more about some of their favorite movies. He's done excellent work on Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and Back to the Future.

Now he's back with a 20-minute documentary about Toby Philpott and Dave Barclay, the puppeteers who operated Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. It includes a new interview with Philpott, who goes into great detail about the design work, how it operates, and even speculates that George Lucas would have liked to create Jabba in CGI back then, but the technology wasn't available to him yet. Benning has created another fantastic piece of work here,
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Star Wars Day comes to BFI's Days of Fear and Wonder: The best pictures

Star Wars Day comes to BFI's Days of Fear and Wonder: The best pictures
The BFI's Days of Fear and Wonder programme celebrated Star Wars Day this weekend (Saturday, December 12) to screen George Lucas's original trilogy back-to-back.

The Southbank venue played host to showings of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi with special guests Paul Blake (Greedo), Garrick Hagon (Rebel pilot Biggs Darklighter), Anthony Forrest (Mos Eisley roadblock stormtrooper), Anne Skinner (script supervisor) and Harley Cokeliss (2nd Unit Director) on hand to discuss the sci-fi movies.

Lando Calrissian star Billy Dee Williams also took part in an exclusive filmed interview before Empire Strikes Back and Jabba the Hutt puppeteer Toby Philpott joined in for a post-Return of the Jedi Q&A.

The BFI's Benugo bar offered fans Mos Eisley Cantina-themed drinks, while Lego tables decked out the foyer for those wanting to build Star Wars models.

The day also saw prizes being dished out for the best
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