Back in March, we posted an article about a short film called Black Angel that was played before screenings of The Empire Strikes Back. The film had been lost for three decades, but it was found in 2012, and has been fully restored. Coffee With Kenobi was recently contacted by Roger Christian, the Oscar-winning set decorator for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and director of Black Angel, and he was kind enough to give us some updates on the film.
Mr. Christian told us that Skywalker Sound has restored the soundtrack, and David Tanaka (visual effects editor for the 1997 Special Edition of A New Hope and for The Phantom Menace) has restored the visuals. Black Angel is now available for pre-order on iTunes, with a release date of May 20th.
Here is a summary of the film (via iTunes):
The mythological drama follows a Knight returning from the wars to find his land destroyed and his family dead from a great sickness. Returning to the wars with nothing to live for, he falls into a river and is dragged down by the weight of his armour. At the last breath, he manages to pull off his armoured helmet. Swimming to the surface he ascends into a strange land where he meets a maiden bound to the Black Angel. He vows to save her and fulfil his Knights quest to rescue a maiden. In a fight to the death he confronts the Black Angel, a mysterious figure, an angel of death. Especially commissioned by George Lucas to accompany STAR WARS; THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK on its world release wherever a short film was programmed. The 25min medieval fantasy was written and directed by Roger Christian.
You can pre-order Black Angel, and view the official trailer, here:
Mr. Christian was interviewed by the Glasgow Film Festival last March:
Film Director and renowned set decorator Roger Christian talks about making his short film ‘Black Angel’ which was played before screenings of The Empire Strikes Back.
Our gratitude to Roger Christian for the updates.
Video credit to the Glasgow Film Festival YouTube Channel