Broken Allegiance is a fan film that made its debut on the internet in April 2002, created by Australian fans of the Star Wars franchise. It is a live-action drama released by Vidizen Films, which is set in the Star Wars universe, taking place a year after the events in A New Hope. It tells the story of two Sith apprentices, Ruan and Calis, who have escaped the Empire by fleeing Coruscant in a stolen transport. They must fight for their freedom when Darth Vader sends the vicious bounty hunter Korbain Thor to track them down.
The film started pre-production in January 2001, and was shot both in studio and on locations around Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. Broken Allegiance cost approximately $6,000 AUD to make, mostly spent on raw materials for sets, props, costumes, catering and equipment rental to make the film. The film was made entirely with volunteer cast and crew.
In a departure from most fan films, Broken Allegiance features an original symphonic score by composer Rich Johnson, which was performed by the Johnson Film Orchestra.
Upon release, the film garnered major media coverage and was screened at numerous local and international film festivals to great response. Since its release, the film has been downloaded worldwide in excess of 1 million times. A sequel project was announced in 2003, but was cancelled in 2005 when the director decided to pursue an original feature film concept.
The film won the Audience Favorite Award in the 2003 I-CON Film Festival, and was a finalist in the 2002 Australian Effects and Animation Awards.
Ruan and Calis fly their stolen Gamma-class ATR-6 assault transport out of Coruscant's atmosphere, dodging blaster bolts and destroying a small Imperial base with a proton torpedo. They shake pursuing TIE fighters by buzzing a couple of docked Star Destroyers. Two fighters collide, and a third is taken out by a torpedo. With one fighter still pursuing, the “Dark Padawans” fly into a narrow shaft. The shaft proves too narrow for the fighter. They emerge after narrowly escaping the blast…only to find the Superdestroyer Executor on the other side. The massive ship contacts the transport, ordering them to surrender.
The Dark Jedi continue to flee. A direct hit on their hull causes major damage to their engines. With one minute until they jump to lightspeed, they realize that with the massive damage to their Hyperdrive, the furthest they will get is the Both System. The Executor proceeds to reel in the transport, using a tractor beam. Calis fires two proton torpedoes at the Executor, knocking out its tractor beam. Free at last, they enter lightspeed. Just then Lord Vader arrives and, upon learning that his Dark Padawans have escaped, Force-chokes Admiral Okins. Captain Hannard, suggesting both apprentices fled to the Bothawui System, asks if they should set a course. Instead Lord Vader contacts Korbain Thor, a bounty hunter, whom he orders to bring back Ruan and Calis.
Entering orbit of Bothawui, Calis sends out an emergency distress call. Ruan cuts off her transmission, expressing concern that she is "letting every bounty hunter in the sector know we're here." Calis apologizes, saying she knows that Vader is out there hunting them down. Ruan believes Vader's anger over Skywalker will be enough to distract their former master, but Calis isn't so sure. Approaching Ruan, she expresses her happiness that they met. They are about to kiss (revealing they're romantically involved) when the sensors pick up another ship—Korbain Thor’s—entering orbit. Thor’s ship moves to an attack position and contacts the two Dark Jedi, stating "there is no escape," just before firing on the transport. Ruan and Calis flee in an escape pod just as Thor destroys the ship they commandeered.
On the planet's surface, Ruan heals Calis' wound. While searching for a settlement, they are narrowly missed by blaster bolts. Ruan pulls out his scarlet lightsaber and deflects them. Calis then ignites her purple lightsaber, stating to Thor, "What makes you think you can take us out?" At that, Thor removes his helmet and turns his blaster into an orange-bladed lightsaber. They duel until Thor Force-pushes Calis away. Then he knocks Ruan down a cliff. Thor and Calis engage in an aggressive clash of lightsabers. As Thor tricks and shoots Calis, Ruan runs up from the cliff shouting "No!" He uses Force-lightning on Thor, knocking him to the ground. Thor suddenly throws a bomb at Ruan, knocking him to the ground. They have a fistfight, until Thor pins Ruan against a tree, with a blade to the Dark Jedi's neck. Abruptly, Calis rushes up from behind and shoots Thor with his own blaster. Ruan and Calis embrace…and then look above to see the Executor entering orbit.
Darth Vader sends a lieutenant down to retrieve both Dark Jedi. The lieutenant and a squad of stormtroopers land on the surface to find Thor holding Calis. Ruan is nowhere to be seen. His suspicions aroused, the lieutenant orders Thor to take off his helmet. He does…it is Ruan! He hands over Calis, who suddenly breaks free of her restraints and cold-cocks the lieutenant. She then retrieves her lightsaber and defeats the stormtroopers while Ruan holds the lieutenant hostage.
When the lieutenant returns to the Executor alone, Lord Vader prepares to Force-choke the officer…but then mercifully turns away.
Ruan and Calis leave the Both System in Thor's ship. It is revealed that Calis is pregnant with Ruan's baby, as the two make another jump to light-speed.
Behind the scenes
Calis and Ruan's names are most likely taken from "Callous" and "Ruin," respectively.
|Hadrian Jonathan||Korbain Thor|
|Randall Berger||Admiral Okins|
|Ian Lingard||Captain Hannard|
|Paul Bugeja||Lieutenant Detaan|
|Chris Brennan||Darth Vader|
|Ben Fletcher||Voice of Darth Vader|
|David Newell||Communications Officer|
|Daniel Knight||Tractor Beam Officer|
|Frankie Chan||Art Director|
|Peter Sims||Stunt Coordinator|
|John Hall||Director of Photography|
|Matt Jackson||Costume Designer|
|Rich Johnson||Original Music|
|H. Gibbens||Lead Visual Effects|