Star Wars fan family (from left) Bryce, Jacob (3), Anwen
and Leia (four months) Holtshousen check out the marathon
movie schedule at Rialto Cinema yesterday. Photo by Peter
The Force will be strong in Dunedin this weekend.
Fans of the film epic Star Wars will cluster to mark a
phenomenon that started a long time ago in a galaxy far, far
Tomorow, May the 4th, is celebrated annually by fans
worldwide as ''Star Wars Day'', in a pun on the film's famous
line: ''May the Force be with you.''
Dunedin fans will be out in force when Rialto Cinema marks
the occasion by screening all six Star Wars episodes
over the weekend.
''When Star Wars came out, it was just something so
completely different. It was phenomenal,'' lifelong fan Bryce
Holtshousen said yesterday.
''I did my masters thesis on it in the '80s. It was the first
literary work done on Star Wars. I had a lot of
communication with [Star Wars creator] George Lucas.
He helped me a lot with it.''
Mr Holtshousen met his future wife, Anwen, when he was doing
a Lord of the Rings tour in 2005 and Mrs Holtshousen
was the guide.
''I think his love of Star Wars is what interested me in
him,'' she said, with a smile.
They married in a Star Wars and Lord of the Rings-themed
wedding in Dunedin in 2008.
''Our ring bearer carried the rings in a Death Star,'' Mrs
''We're pretty kooky about Star Wars. Well, not just a
bit kooky,'' her husband added.
''We even called our daughter Leia.''