District 9 Hypeby Roger Young / 05.08.2009
District 9 is a science fiction movie shot in Soweto. How it came about is one of those incredible stories that make you feel as if everything is possible and then also a little sad because this particular story only happens once and it didn’t happen to you. Neill Blomkamp made some short films and some commercials. Somehow Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings fame) saw them and decided that Blomkamp would be a good person to turn Halo into a movie. They worked together on that project for a few months and then it kinda fell apart on a rights issue.
Jackson still wanted to work with Blomkamp, so he basically raised the money and let him make whatever movie he wanted to. Which is District 9: a film about aliens being segregated from humans and how one human deals with his own South African upbringing in the face of this. It’s going to be the biggest South African film ever (even if it was financed from outside the country) and announces firmly the beginning of a commercially successful international SA cinema paradigm. And as an added bonus – maybe people will stand up and recognize that Robert Hobbs is one of our finest actors.
District 9 showed last week at comic-con in San Diego and went down a storm. Hype is building all over America as you read this. It will release stateside two weeks before us. The fact that Jackson had such faith in an untested director is the best thing about it. It’s also pretty rad that the trailer doesn’t give too much away and I’m stoked that the lead, Sharlto Copley, is an unknown who had never acted before this. Mad props to Peter Jackson for making this happen.
Releases 28th August@SK nationwide.
Check this link to the short film that started it all: http://www.spyfilms.com/#neill_blomkamp/alive_in_joburg
And check out the D9 website here… we’ll hit you with a proper review when we see it next week.