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Anyone curious about the recently released sci-fi flick District 9 might be even more curious about a few recently unearthed short films dug up from director Neill Blomkamp’s archive. They’re an interesting look at what you can expect from a more or less unknown filmmaker and, unlike the feature, they’re all on YouTube.

XBox fans may already know about the shorts Blomkamp made with Peter Jackson to promote Halo 3, but we were more intrigued by a short called “Alive in Joburg,” an effective dry run for his current project. Like District 9, it concerns an alien population kept in Apartheid-like conditions, and uses documentary style shooting to give it more realism than rubber suits usually allow for. Of course, if he was able to do this on a shoestring, it should be interesting to see what he can do with $30 million.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom