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Code Name Magic Roundabout

Pushing the boundaries of Poetic Documentary conventions this short ‘Musical’ documentary tells the story of Pembroke Dock’s unique connection to the original Star Wars trilogy.

In the spring of 1979 a heavy engineering firm, that usually served the UK's petrochemical and oil industries, was hired to build a movable full-scale external model of a spacecraft capable of 'moving as if it were about to take off.' Built in secrecy under the project code name Magic Roundabout, the company leased the 1930s Western Sunderland Flying Boat hangar in Pembroke Dock, West Wales…

Code Name Magic Roundabout was inspired by the stories of the original makers of the Millennium Falcon spaceship for the film The Empire Strikes Back. This was a Zero funded community film project that that joyously tells the tale. The credit sequence features unseen photographs of the build in 1979.

A huge thank you to the wonderfully hilarious original crew and the people of Pembroke Dock...

  • Sharron Harris
  • Andy Brindley
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD Video
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cardiff Mini Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 24, 2017
    Winner - Best Community Film
  • Premiere Screening
    Pembroke Dock
    United Kingdom
    November 19, 2016
    Free Screening Premiere for the people of Pembroke Dock
Distribution Information
  • Sharron Harris
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights, Internet
Director Biography - Sharron Harris

Sharron Harris is a community film-maker who leads Curious Ostrich Productions - a collective of freelance film and video makers, artists, musicians, graphic designers and other highly creative specialists.

Sharron has been involved in various aspects of community arts and media throughout her youth and adult life. As a social/youth worker in the mid 1980’s she set up a video and music project utilising her skills towards motivating young people.

She now works with youth organisations, community projects, schools, inter-generational initiatives and a variety of groups in the public and third sector.

Her passion for community arts and media is fuelled by the increasing accessibility of multimedia digital technology that facilitates a community’s ability to produce media rather than just merely consume.

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