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If you are interested in topics like peak oil, veggie gardens, farming, the future etc have a watch of this movie. This link is one of 5, the other four will come up on screen when this finishes.

I was invited to see Peter Jackson’s new offering District 9alien.

I almost SMS’ed my friend Dave back and told him to pick a different movie, but that is not protocol when being invited to a movie me thinks.

So someone looked it up on the internet and saw it had gotten great reviews. Certainly not from what I saw on the TV ad!

It was brilliant (bit of body splatter on the camera lense!). It was not a USA saves the world from alien attack. In fact it was not about USA at all. It was filmed in South Africa with South Africans and was about South Africa, it was about Apartheid, and segregation, about racism and inclusion. Hatred and relationship. The star Sharlto Copley had not even acted before and had no intention of pursuing an acting career. He stumbled into the leading role as ‘Neill Blomkamp’ placed him on-camera during the short film.This was one of those movies that leaves you thinking about it for days after. The film was based on director Neill Blomkamp‘s childhood in South Africa during apartheid.

I recommend it for all who don’t mind some pulse weapons blowing bodies into slushies.

A bit of powerful trivia from the film – All the shacks in District 9 were actual shacks that exists in a section of Johannesburg which were to be evacuated and the residents moved to better government housing, paralleling the events in the film. Also paralleling, the residents had not actually been moved out before filming began. The only shack that was created solely for filming was Christopher Johnson’s shack. The mutilated animal carcasses in the background of many scenes were real and with only a few exceptions, were already in the real slums and shacks used for the filming.

You gotta see the life like website they have produced.

The Soloist, Jamie Foxx Robert, Downie Jr – A Los Angeles Journalist, befriends a homeless Julliard trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

DisgraceJohn Malkovich After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics.

Last Ride – Hugo Weaving, and indroducing Tom Russell – Weaving plays a father on the run from the law, and at the beginning of his journey across the Australian countryside, picks up his young son for, well, one last ride.

Jarrod McKenna, Global Peace Activist and international speaker and agitator (how good does that sound!!) Facebooked me today about this movie coming. He had just come from the Australian Islamic College, he was speaking there on being peace makers…ever had opportunities like that???

Watched Moma Mia, the kids got it out, I didn’t!
But here is my confession, I am a closet ABBA fan from way back. Yes it’s true, many nights in the late 70’s on the air guitar and hairbrush microphone.
I am not normally prone to musicals… But by the end of viewing #1(yes I watched it more than once) I was dancing around the lounge with the girls and their friends!! What a classic feel good show! I am not embarased!

I read a great book by Tom Kenealley called A Commonwealth of Theives, a great historical read on the settling of Australia, the first fleet and Sydney Cove etc. He gives a fair bit of detail of the issues regarding the relationships between the indigenous culture (The first Australians) and the invaders (or settlers), but his focus is broader than these issues.

I have just watched episode 1 of the SBS doco The First Australians, similar in date and geographical foci to Keneally, but rather more a direct commentary on the indigenous people and the effect the invasion of their land had upon them.

If you are interested in our history as a nation and in particular the history of our interaction with the first Australians, the Aboriginal people of the land we live on, I highly recommend this series, viewable online.

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