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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with the blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet Naboo…
May 1999, Australia…
Turmoil has engulfed the offices of Star Walking, Inc., the Australian Star Wars fan club. For some members of the club it's becoming a full-time job handling all the media requests, special guests, promotional costume appearances and movie screenings. Never before in the 11 year history of the club has an event of such impact unfolded.
A new Star Wars film.
"It's about you standing for a cause and having a belief in yourself."
- Shane Morrissey, Director and Founder, Star Walking Inc.
"It's taken almost as seriously as a religion."
- Hugh Quarshie, Captain Panaka, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
And suddenly, the holy trinity is a quartet.
The PhanDom Menace revels in Star Walking's national conventions - complete with international guest representatives from Lucasfilm and cast members of Episode 1, elaborate costume pageants (including the George Lucas approved $10,000 'Vader'), swapmeets, an extraordinary film festival and art exhibit. It also eavesdrops on committee meetings where members strategise and officially begin the countdown to the eagerly anticipated, spine-tingling midnight premiere screening of Episode 1.
Through childhood and adolescent reflection on the Star Wars trilogy, rooms of collectables, the planned ritual repeat viewings and the compelling range of reaction to the new installment, we meet fans of all sorts: film-makers, artists, toymakers, costumers, authors, and, of course, the management, all devoting their considerable passion to a celebration of the biggest pop culture phenomenon of all time.
This planet Naboo had better be good.