Since his first movie role in Ken Loach’s Black Jack (1979), Mike Edmonds has stolen scenes in some of the most iconic movies ever made – from Time Bandits (as the none-too bright, Og) to Return of the Jedi (as Ewok-shaman, Logray), along with countless others, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Legend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Dark Crystal and The Empire Strikes Back.
Born with achondroplasia (or dwarfism), Mike discovered his acting talent in his thirties and went on to forge an exhilarating career – one that has seen him trade lines with Olivier, tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company and entertain millions of kids as diminutive badass Little Ron in the much-loved BBC series Maid Marian and her Merry Men. He’s also responsible for operating that most expressive of all cinematic appendages: Jabba the Hutt’s tail.
In this frank, funny and fascinating documentary, Mike talks about his Essex childhood, his early breaks in film and the many high points he’s enjoyed, whilst providing his own unique perspective on the actor’s craft. Colleagues past and present line up to reminisce and give their views on what makes Mike such a brilliant collaborator – including Colin Firth, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Jeremy ‘Boba Fett’ Bulloch, Red Dwarf’s Cat, Danny John Jules, theatre producer, Paul Elliott, and BBC director, David Bell.
An hour long festival version was completed and released in 2016. The producers are now working on a 90 minute extended version for general release. Stay tuned for more information!
Mike Edmonds, Colin Firth, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Robert Watts, Danny John Jules, Mark Billingham, Vin Burnham, Jeremy Bulloch, Jimmy Vee, Sue Hodge, Arti Shah, Paul Elliott, Day Murch, Kevin Thompson, Simon J Williamson and others.
Simon J Frith
Simon Frith, Grant Philpott, Jim Cogan, David Freedman