Remember when fan films were made by a handful of buddies who got together and sewed their own costumes without any prior sewing knowledge and consisted of them then running around a parking garage?  Things have come a long way since then.

We’ve been seeing some pretty impressive stuff on YouTube lately, including the recent ‘Wonder Woman’ fan trailer.  But this latest discovery outshines even that video.

‘Star Wars Downunder’ was directed by Michael Cox, based on a script by Cox and Bryan Meakin, and gives the venerable franchise a decidedly Australian spin, following the quest of Jedi Merve Bushwacker, in his attempt to locate… beer.  Or Amber Fluid as it’s called here.  Merve, accompanied by his droid, X4-VB a round floating R2-Ds type, goes back to his home planet only to find his local pub has been destroyed and all its Amber Fluid has been stolen.

Along the way, he teams up with hapless sidekick Berko, his droid pal Bluey, old chum Nugget and a different sort of Rebel Alliance, hoping to secure the sacred Amber Fluid from Darth Drongo.

The film has a tone similar to Edgar Wright’s movies with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, but is super Australian, with a script riddled with Aussie speak, to comedic effect.  (You can turn on the Closed captioning in “regular” English which translates all of the crazy slang.)

Despite the comedic bent, this film will just blow you away with the amazingly realistic special effects, an army of extras, amazing battle field choreography, flawless costumes and just over all incredible production values.

Here is the short film’s synopsis:

The film tells the story of a lone Jedi: Merve Bushwacker (David Nicoll), returning home after a long absence. His mission? To partake in a refreshing beverage, known locally as amber fluid. On his arrival, he is dismayed to discover the planet has become as dry as a dead dingo′s donger, thanks to the tyrannical rule of Darth Drongo. Drongo has hoarded all the amber fluid in his impenetrable fortress “Dunny’s Deep” for reasons unknown. Can Merve, and a motley collection of unlikely allies band together to topple Drongo’s evil regime? Will liberty and amber fluid flow freely once more?

First you can check out the trailer for the fan film (If you’re not Australian, don’t forget the Closed Captioning!):

Now here is the full 30-minute version:

Impressive, huh?  I’d have paid money to see that!

What did you think?

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