Heroes of the Empire Teaser Trailer brings us a Documentary on the 501st UK Garrison


Today we get a new trailer for an interesting documentary that will be taking a closer look at the UK Garrison of the 501st Star Wars costuming club.  Most Star Wars fans are well aware of the 501st as they have become an ever present force within the fan community and have even been used as official Star Wars standings at conventions and events like Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.


Costuming in general, however, has a reputation as being an indulgence of the super geek.  In many circles the mention of activities like the 501st will get you sideways glances if you are in the company of those who aren’t in the know.  This documentary seems to hope to dispel some of that and let it be known all the good work and community building that is done by the organization.


From the production:


This 45 minute documentary follows the 501st UK Garrison Star Wars costuming club around the UK, as they attend a variety of fund raising events. After 15 years of raising money for various charities, as well as the release of the long awaited new film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, it is set to be a historic year.


Many people have the misguided perception of costumers, labelling them as “nerds” and “geeks”. In order to change this perception, we were given the privileged opportunity to meet the families and the fans who have been directly inspired and supported by the UK Garrison.


The film will reveal the wide variety of people who are inspired to join the UK Garrison, from all works of life with many different backgrounds and occupations. For these individuals, being “Heroes of the Empire” is their true identity.


The teaser looks emotional and interesting.  Check it out below.


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12 thoughts on “Heroes of the Empire Teaser Trailer brings us a Documentary on the 501st UK Garrison

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Impressive. Most impressive.

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    feel like it could have been edited better, but the feeling was there in some parts

    • December 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      The SFX were a bit shoddy as well

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with being a nerd or a geek (same thing isn’t it?) they’re just terms people use to describe people that are interested in something considered anything less than ‘mainstream’.

    If wearing a costume makes one a geek, then thousands of football (soccer) fans are geeks to don their club shirts, scarf and hat on a Saturday afternoon to watch the match (live or at home).

    • December 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Nerds are your academic types whereas geeks are fans of various genre fictions. At least that’s how I’ve always viewed it.

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Good people doing good things. = ) Good on Ya Mates! oh and May the Force be with you always.

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Good on those guys..I will watch this

  • December 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    When watching this, besides ‘good people’, I’m thinking will they have improved Stormtrooper helmets in Rogue Squadron? I mean, vents are now painted on.

    • December 9, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      I think they are just embracing the old school. That’s what battlefront did. They kept the painted on vent front and center. So they’ll probably come up with a canon explanation for them if they haven’t already.

      I for one wouldn’t be upset if they added the vents… but some people really want them to stay the same. Either way I’m good.

  • December 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Love following them on Twitter, so awesome.

    And the passage in Chris Taylor’s book describing their beginnings had me emotional – “No trooper troops alone”. Hats off to the 501st!

  • December 9, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Can’t wait! This looks cool.

  • December 10, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Finally! Some authentic core world accents.

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