Star Wars film director, Gareth Edwards sent a short video message for Beer Town Film Festival from his base in LA – including the sign off, “May the fermentation be with you!”

The message was shown just before his own critically-acclaimed film Star Wars, Rogue One was shown to the outdoor cinema audience in the historic brewery backdrop of Marston’s Brewery in Burton Upon Trent.

Festival organiser, Elliot Allison, managed to make contact with Gareth a few weeks before to ask for his support.

He explained: “We chose Star Wars Rogue One, not only because it is a fantastic film but also because of its British filmmaking credentials; Gareth is a Midlands-born director and the film features many British actors which made it a perfect finale film for our festival.”

“We were thrilled when he agreed to support the evening with his video message. He’s based in Los Angeles at the moment so when it pinged into my inbox at 3am the day before the finale we couldn’t have been more excited. He delighted our audience and was an inspiration to our festival finalists.”

“Hi, my name is Gareth Edwards and I’m the director of Rogue One, the film you’re about to watch. I would say that it is a real honour that you all turned out to see this movie but I know deep down that your just here for the beer, which is fair enough!

“But also, I want to add my congratulations to all the winners for Beer Town Film Festival, and if you didn’t win but you’re a runner-up I’d also like to say – don’t blame me, I was not a judge in this competition! And to be honest I think you were robbed, but, hey, I hope you like the movie and if you don’t just drink some more beer, there’s lots of Marston’s beers available.

“May the fermentation be with you!”

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