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George Lucas praises British film industry at Windsor Castle event

Ben Skipper
5 April 2013
George Lucas praises British film industry at Windsor Castle event
George Lucas meets the Queen

'Star Wars' creator George Lucas praised the British film industry at a star-studded event at Windsor Castle last night.

At the event which celebrated British television and film Lucas said Britain had been very influential to him over his 30+ career.

"It's been very influential for me," he said. "I've shot lots of movies here not only four of the 'Star Wars' films but also 'Indiana Jones', all kinds of films - it's been a long road."

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"I've been here since '75 so for me this is my second home," he continued.

Lucas, who last year sold LucasFilm to Disney for $4 billion, also spoke of the United States' government and their position on film.

"The White House, the government there doesn't support the film industry the way we do in Britain."

We!? We'll let that one slide Mr Lucas.

"Many, many years ago Britain didn't support the film industry and when I came here it was on it's last legs and fortunately now it's a lot steadier."

Over 300 guests attended the event at the Queen's royal residence including Sir Kenneth Branagh, Damien Lewis, Idris Elba, Olivia Colman and Sir Christopher Lee, who played Count Dooku in the final two 'Star Wars' prequels.

The Queen herself recieved an honourary BAFTA at the event in recognition of her lifetime supporting the British film and television industries.

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