The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #49: “Alien” (1979)

The M H Experience – Episode #45: “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope”

In this Star Wars themed episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and the film that began the cultural phenomenon and franchise that is “Star Wars” immediately after it premiered on May 25th, 1977: “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”, which was written and directed by George Lucas. The film stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Alec Guiness as Obi-wan Kenobi, David Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C3PO, and Kenny Baker as R2D2. It was the first installment of the original “Star Wars” trilogy and it broke the mold in terms of cinematic storytelling, special effects, and it was immediately embraced by a new generation of movie-goers. “Star Wars” effectively invented the genre of the “Space Opera” and it has entertained and influenced many fans and filmmakers in their endeavours – and as a result of this film there has been many other stories told featuring the iconic characters that this film first introduced and there will undoubtedly be many more to come in the future. “Star Wars” continues to have a legacy and a fanbase that draws people to it because of its unique and compelling characters and stories that could only be told in a galaxy far, far away.