I Am Your Father (2015)


Introduction

I Am Your Father is a 2015 Spanish documentary film written and directed by Toni Bestard and Marcos Cabotá.

The film deals with actor David Prowse many years after he played the role of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Outline

David Prowse is a bodybuilder and actor who famously portrayed the role of Darth Vader in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Unlike most of the other Star Wars stars, however, he is relatively obscure, since James Earl Jones dubbed Vader’s voice and Sebastian Shaw portrayed an unmasked Vader (in Return of the Jedi). Prowse lives anonymously in Croydon, a suburb of London.

The story begins when a young filmmaker travels to London to propose that Prowse reshoot scenes from the trilogy, to prove that Prowse could have played Darth Vader in that particular scene. In a symbolic way, the directors, assisted by a group of enthusiastic fans, will try to give Prowse the recognition he never had.

In this documentary, the directors find some clues about the difficult relationship between Prowse and Lucasfilm, suggesting that the reason for their differences was an article published by a British newspaper during the shooting of Return of the Jedi.

Cast

  • David Prowse, Actor/Darth Vader.
  • Kenny Baker, Actor/R2-D2.
  • Michael Atiyeh, colourist for Star Wars comics.
  • Marcus Hearn, author of The Cinema of George Lucas.
  • Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Brian Muir, Darth Vader helmet sculptor.
  • Robert Watts, Star Wars producer.
  • Jeremy Bulloch, Actor/Boba Fett.

Trivia

  • I Am Your Father was originally released in Spain on 20 November 2015.
    • The film was later released internationally through Netflix on September 2016.
    • The film was also featured at the 47th International Film Festival of India on November 2016.

Star Wars Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s): Colm Meaney.
  • Director(s): Marcos Cabota and Toni Bestard.
  • Producer(s): Paula Serra.
  • Writer(s): Toni Bestard and Marcos Cabota.
  • Music: Tolo Prats.
  • Cinematography: Nicolas Pinzon and Daniel Torrello.
  • Editor(s): Saul Benejama.
  • Production: IB3, Nova Televisió, Singular Audiovisual, and Strange Friends.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 20 November 2015.
  • Running Time: 82 minutes.
  • Country: Spain.
  • Language: English and Spanish.

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