Alive in Joberg

Posted by – April 11, 2009

When I was staying with Kent in San Francisco a few weeks back I was talking about the doc style of Ghosts and he recommended the phenomenal “Alive in Joberg” by Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp grew up in Vancouver but was born in South Africa, and makes great use of the style of movies made about SA and Africa in general.

When I got home I saw this great lo-fi sci-fi discussion thread referring both to Infest Wisely and Blomkamp’s short, so obviously I was meant to see it. There’s lots of interesting shorts on the thread, including others by Blomkamp, but “Metalosis Maligna” is my favourite. It’s a pretty amazing surrealist approach to lo-fi sci-fi, with the crazy growth on the x-rays giving the viewer a chance to imagine what the condition looks like.

Just typed up the notes from the brainstorming session and workshop we had last week. Some really great ideas to explore. I’m wondering what an Asian-dominated future will look — when most of my previous near-futures assume the continued ascendance of western-style capitalism, a more intense corporation-mediated reality. I’m also going to be looking into how people in India have developed their outsourcing foothold.

If you have any thoughts/suggested links or reading on this, email me or post a comment. And if you get a chance to read the script, I’m soliciting feedback until April 20th at which point I’ll be diving in again.

1 Comment on Alive in Joberg

  1. Dave says:

    one idea would be replacement of of the christian religious structures and iconography we tend to see here in toronto with more temples and statues of lao-tzu, buddha, ganesh, shiva, krishna, etc:

    Rogan Gosh: Star of the East
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogan_Gosh_(comics)

    Finder: King of the Cats (primarily the intro segment)
    http://www.lightspeedpress.com/index.php?module=Finder&func=pub&issue=15&page=4

    then of course, there’s always Bladerunner:
    http://www.flytip.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/bladerunner_f.jpg

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