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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

One of the best sci­ence-fic­tion movies you’ll see, Dis­trict 9 (Sun­day, 10.55pm, Ac­tion), from The Lord of the Rings pro­ducer Peter Jack­son and di­rec­tor Neill Blomkamp, is not only highly orig­i­nal, it packs in a lot of social rel­e­vance. Aliens, sick and mal­nour­ished and quickly nick­named “prawns”, land on earth, only to be se­questered in a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Bril­liant noirish mys­tery Gone Baby Gone (Tues­day, 8.30pm, Thriller), di­rected stylishly by Ben Af­fleck and star­ring his brother Casey, is based on the novel of the same ti­tle by great Bos­ton crime writer Den­nis Le­hane of Mys­tic River fame. A lit­tle less stylish but highly en­ter­tain­ing is The Man From Hong Kong (Tues­day, 9.30pm, World Movies), the lat­est in a sea­son of Aussie Ex­ploita­tion movies. The 1975 ac­tion film, di­rected by the underrated Brian Tren­chard-Smith, was the first Aus­tralian-Hong Kong pro­duc­tion shot in both na­tions and starred Shanghai-born Jimmy Wang Yu and former 007 Ge­orge Lazenby. Le­gendry Aussie ac­tors Bill Hunter and Frank Thring also ap­pear and di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy was the mod­est lo­cal boy , who went on to grab an Os­car for Peter Weir’s Mas­ter & Com­man­der.

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