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Alive in Joburg

August 24, 2009

When I first saw a poster for District 9, I’d heard nothing about it. The “Peter Jackson presents…” line looked as though it was a sneaky attempt to fool Peter Jackson fans, and I assumed that it was merely coincidental that the name was similar to Cape Town’s District 6. A little bit of investigation revealed that the name was not unintentional; plot summaries made it sound like it would be an embarrassingly clumsy allegory.

It’s not. The film has some weaknesses, but Ienjoyed it immensely (and Sharlto Copley’s performance as Wikus Van De Merwe is amazing). I’m hoping for a District 10 to follow…

The plot was first explored in the short film Alive in Joburg, which is here via Youtube:

It was thanks to Youtube that I discovered that Neill Blomkamp had directed the Citroen C4 transformer ad:

Just to continue the links, Moviefone‘s interview with Sharlto Copley led me to some of his other work, Hellweek and 2001: A Space Oddity.

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