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District 9

Released 2009
Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing

The story of shipwrecked extraterrestrials confined to a South African internment camp, Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 film is in the tradition of The Day the Earth Stood Still—a science fiction film with more on its mind than just special effects. Mostly shot in found footage style, Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell based their script on the notorious District Six, a product of the apartheid regime in 1970’s Johannesburg. Peter Jackson produced and his Weta Workshop was responsible for the elegant effects work.

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About John Sayles

John Sayles is an actor, screenwriter, film director and novelist. His most recent novel, A Moment in the Sun, is now available in paperback and his latest feature (his 18th!), Go For Sisters, will attempt to sneak into theaters this September. He would rather watch a good trailer than a bad movie.