Force Material Episode X: Gunga Din
This week’s Force Material podcast is all about two-fisted tomfoolery and problematic poetry, as we break down how 1939’s Gunga Din is actually part of the Star Wars universe!
Oh, sure, it may not get Pablo Hidalgo’s official tick of approval - but we’re pretty sure Gunga Din is canon, and we explain why on this week’s episode!
Our breakdown of the 1939 RKO classic marks the fourth entry in our series on director Rian Johnson’s ‘film camp’, the range of classic films Johnson required his cast and crew to watch before they began filming The Last Jedi.
We discuss why the film could never be made today, its deep ties to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Lucasfilm lore, and the hints that it offers us about the events of The Last Jedi!
The film also gives us an opportunity to dig into the origins of the Gungans, and the connection that Jar Jar Binks has with our very own hometown of Brisbane!
We also give our takes on the recent announcements of an all-new trilogy of Star Wars films and a live-action Star Wars TV series!
The Force Material podcast - come for the Star Wars analysis; stay for the surprisingly moving dramatic readings of 19th-century colonialist poetry.
If you liked this episode, check out our earlier entries in the Film Camp series on Three Outlaw Samurai, To Catch A Thief and Twelve O’Clock High!
The episode of DorkLair with the sweet Snoke theory that we reference in this week’s show can be found here.
Force Material is a weekly podcast exploring the secrets and source material of Star Wars with hosts Rohan Williams and Baz McAlister. Listen and subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, and stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!