THERE has been an awakening. Have you felt it?

For some fans of the Star Wars franchise the force never left them, while others have felt its power again with impending release of Episode VII, The Force Awakens.

The sight of an X-Wing and Imperial Star Destroyer lying destroyed in a desert on a planet in a galaxy far, far away sent chills down the spine of those obsessed with the films.

And if your imagination is allowed to run free, you might think you're in the middle of the war between the dark and light side of the force when Bundaberg's Reading Cinema holds a premiere preview at midnight on December 17.

Cinema complex manager Brent Abercrombie was excited to have a guest appearance from the Bundaberg's QASWAS - Queensland Australia Star Wars Appreciation Society - group.

Bundaberg member Ethan Ramsey said QASWARS was a group of people who had an interest in Star Wars and it consisted of men and women from around the region whose everyday job may be a policeman, mine worker or a teacher.

He said he would be outfitted as Obi-Wan Kenobi and the group was excited about the new film and couldn't wait to dress up and show the other avid fans the replica costumes.

"The outfits are screen accurate and some have been bought online from the USA and put together here," Mr Ramsey said.

"There will be about 15 of us dressed as a variety of characters from Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Obi-wan, and a new character Kylo Ren."

Mr Ramsey said the group was relatively new and formed earlier this year.

"We have around 80 members and are keen to get out in the community," he said.

"Things like visiting sick children at hospital - hoping to get the ball rolling on that."

So after the long awaited 10 years since the last movie, Revenge of the Sith, movie buffs won't have to hold their breath much longer.

Details: Star Wars, Episode VII The Force Awakens

When: Midnight December 17

Where: Reading Cinema, Bundaberg

Contact: 4152 1233



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