These Guys Went To A Tunisian Desert To Save A Star Wars Film Set

The Lars family homestead, last seen in the newer Star Wars films, is one of the more iconic locations in the Star Wars universe. It's where Luke Skywalker's journey begins and, from a certain point of view, it's where Obi-Wan Kenobi's comes to an end.

Sadly, the set used in some of the films has just been left to rot in the baking desert sands of Tunisia. So a team of British volunteers, with the help of local builders, decided to try and fix the place.

Mark Dermul was in charge of the project, which over six days cleaned, restored and rebuilt much of the "homestead", and in a poignant touch flew out to the desert wastes on the 35th anniversary of the release of the very first Star Wars film.

Well, mildly poignant. This is the house used in the prequel trilogy. It's largely the same design, I know, but the original home from the 1977 film became dust in the wind long before the internet let foreigners organise restoration teams who can fly in and preserve nerd film sets.

Terry Cooper helps save the Lars Homestead. Star Wars Tatooine George Lucas A New Hope [YouTube, via TDW]


    Dedication level: Geek.

    I'm amazed it wasn't picked to the ground by Star Wars freaks by now.

      Guess nobody is geeky enough to spend the money on the PREQUEL's film set.

        Lol there were no prequel film sets. A hell of a lot of bluescreens though.

          Lol your joke sucks because the article clearly says that this specific film set is from the prequels.

    Perplexed yet again by Plunkett... even from a 'certain point of view' Obi wans journey doesnt end there??? Did you even see the starwars movies?

      Erm, now you're nit-picking. I don't like Luke's articles at all, but it's clear he's referencing the end of Obi Wan Kenobi and the beginning of Ben Kenobi.

        Obi Wan Kenobi was already dead by the time he met Luke, that's why when he Vader defeated him there was no body because he was pure Force.

          Is he not referencing the line Obi Wan gives Luke in The Empire Strikes Back on Dagobah?

        Then he'd be referencing way before that... sorry but when you put up an article for starwars geeks to read, you have to expect this stuff.

    I saw this travel show a couple of years back and it had a feature on a hotel that was in the old star wars set in Tunisa, the one you see when their eating breakfast in the film.

    shouldnt George Lucas be funding the restoration and maintenance of all the Star Wars sets

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