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Alive in Joburg (2005)

An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg.

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Neill Blomkamp
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Braam Greyling Braam Greyling ... Cop 1
Godfrey Seome Godfrey Seome ... Cop 2
Dawie Ackermann Dawie Ackermann ... Afrikaans Professor
Sweetness Hlomza Sweetness Hlomza
Patrick Hlomza Patrick Hlomza
Bennet Mogobithla Bennet Mogobithla
Zakiel Mogobithla Zakiel Mogobithla
Jess Newing Jess Newing
Scott Donaldson Scott Donaldson
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An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg.

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Canada

Language:

English

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2005 (South Africa) See more »

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Alive in Joburg See more »

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South Africa See more »

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Spy Films See more »
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Trivia

District 9 (one of Blomkamp's later films) is based on this short. Both Alive in Joburg and District 9 were written and directed by Neil Blomkamp. See more »

Quotes

Alien: We don't want to be here, this place doesn't want us... we have nothing, nothing.
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Connections

Referenced in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

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Fascinating short film.
15 August 2006 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

It is easy to see Neill Blomkamp's directorial skills in this short film, which runs kind of like a news broadcast documentary that gives a peek into the frightening situation in a South African town after some not so pleasant aliens have set up permanent residence there. It is a kind of journalistically objective look at how the lives of the local townspeople have been altered, mostly for the worse, by the arrival of the aliens. Visually, it is a stunningly effective film, especially with the mother ships floating just over the skyline, and the film is packed with one unsettling image after another. Having been signed on by Peter Jackson to film the highly anticipated screen adaptation of the wildly popular video game Halo, it is easy to see from this film why he was chosen despite having almost no directing experience at all to take on what will surely be a hugely popular film.


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