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Saturday, 9 July 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES: ANCHORHEAD AND TOSCHE STATION

Location production recce images of the eventual Tosche Station site, taken by John Barry and his team in 1975.

Here's some great images of/linked to the Djerba fishing village site in Tunisia used for the original STAR WARS, involving scenes of Luke and his young friends at Tosche Station, filmed during early April 1976, and at the end of main location photography.

Drawing of the site. Not sure if this is from the time, or a later created reference image.
Reference image of the redressed location. This angle would be used for a separate establishing shot for Mos Eisley.
Similar colour image.
Angle of the Djerba mosque from the other side, not showing the shoreline.
The classic deleted scene where Luke and Biggs say goodbye.

Also filmed for the Anchorhead scene was the earlier moment where an angry old woman screams at Luke in his Landspeeder (presumably the craft was to have been superimposed going past her by ILM).

More on the filming in Tunisia and London here: STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: TOSCHE STATION


Angry local woman. Love the background Jawas slouched about!

It is unknown if the woman was played by a Tunisian extra or someone linked to the UK crew (I think it may be the latter). The short scene released on the 2011 Blu-ray was soundless. According to the film's UK Script Supervisor Ann Skinner's handwritten notes, the woman's line was adjusted from "I told you kids to slow down" to "I've told you kids not to go so fast."

With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI.

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