Man, I still have that excited, giddy feeling a little kid gets on Christmas morning! District 9 opened in cinemas here in South Africa tonight and I watched it, with a packed out cinema of proud South Africans. It was an original South African story (even if it was fictional) with a fully South African cast (thankfully with no yanks trying to pull off accents they cannot)! And the cast “brought it” with a truly international performance! The special effects were awesome. The story line was gripping. I laughed, I gasped, and I probably would have cried at times if I would not have been so excited about how much I was loving the film.
And I wasn’t the only one! When the credits started rolling in the end, the entire people-packed theatre erupted in applause. It was a great moment! I can’t remember the last time I was in a movie that received an applause. It made me proud to see how proud, and “ready”, the South African public is for original, well told South African stories, outside the genres of South African films they are normally fed. It gives me hope for certain films that I would like to see get made; films that I would like to make my self. And it answers some questions I had when I wrote the other blog on the SA film industry just a few days ago. So…if you haven’t seen it yet, go out and watch it! District 9!