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Vote ‘Moon’ Spike Scream 2009 Awards

Vote Moon at Scream 2009
Vote 'Moon' at Scream 2009

Duncan Jones’ debut feature ‘Moon‘ has been nominated in 4 categories in this years Spike Scream Awards.

Celebrating all that’s great in Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Comics & Horror, the Scream Awards covers a total of 32 fan approved categories.

‘Moon’ has been nominated in the following, and we’d really appreciate you heading over and helping to boost the chances of a great British movie at this years awards.

:: Best Sci-Fi Movie – ‘Moon’ ::
:: Best Sci-Fi Actor – Sam Rockwell ::
:: Best Director – Duncan Jones ::
:: Best Scream-play – Duncan Jones & Nathan Parker ::

Super big lovely thanks in advance, cheese on toast for all round mine later yeah?

PS – Don’t forget, ‘Moon’ is still playing in cinemas, so get yer popcorn boots on and go see it :O)

Where? UK: HERE
Where? US: HERE

MOON Producer Stuart Fenegan in Variety’s 10 To Watch

Stuart Fenegan, Duncan Jones’ Producer partner at Liberty Films, has been selected by weekly US entertainment-trade magazine Variety as one of their 10 Producers to watch.

Duncan was reluctant to say much about stuart:

“I would rather not say too much about just how good Stuart is at his job, as good producers are like gold dust, and he’s mine! Hands off!”

Stuart himself commenting on the piece in Variety says:

“I’m a producer who works with the writer and director all the way from the kernel of an idea to the final edit.”

“I love helping talented people with a vision bring that out onto the page and onto the screen. And I like doing deals. My byword as a producer is ‘mutually beneficial.’ I don’t want any party to feel exploited.”

Full article available over on Variety

MOON: Review

Amazing performance from Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell coming towards the end of a three year shift on the Moon mining helium 3 for Earth based energy company Lunar Industries.

Cut off from Earth due to comms problems, Sam’s final days take a dramatic turn when he makes a discovery that will change his perceptions of reality forever.

Assured direction for a first feature for Duncan Jones, (who also wrote the original story) incredible production design considering the teeny $5 million budget. Moon’s interiors were shot at Shepperton on the same sound stage as ‘Alien’ and indeed harks back to a time when Sci-Fi had a brain.

There are plenty of references to the classics of the genre for the audience to spot, indeed Jones has mentioned in many interviews that ‘Moon’ came about off the back of conversations with Sam Rockwell where they discussed their fave Sci-fi classics (Silent Running, 2001, Outlands, Bladerunner..)

As if this wasn’t good enough, you will also get treated to a stunning soundtrack from Clint Mansell who’s previous credits include ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and ‘The Fountain’ AND a great voice performance from Kevin Spacey as Sam’s lunar companion GERTY.

To tell you more if the plot would spoil it. But this is one that demands a second viewing. And, if Sci-Fi ain’t your bag. Have no fear. This is also a treat for fans of psychological thrillers, and those that love to see a great actor at the top of his game.

Go see ‘Moon’, enjoy it, spread the word, go again and take a friend, they’ll love you for it. In a summer stuffed full of mega bucks CGI fests, it’s great to get more bang for yer buck when leaving the local cinema with plenty to talk about, and plenty to think about also.

Moon opens UK 17th June.

Check Duncan Jones’ blog for up to date release schedule on:

If you like, drop him a line on Twitter:

Where you’ll find a very amiable, funny geezer open to comments.

Further details on:

Moon Wins Michael Powell Award At Edinburgh Film Festival

Duncan Jones’ low-budget sci-fi feature debut MOON has won the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at the 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival, it was announced today.

The Jury citation read: “We award Moon for its singular vision and remarkably assured direction as well as for the inspired manner in which it transcends genre. The central performance by Sam Rockwell embodies the film’s emotional complexity and compelling philosophical perspective.”

Duncan Jones & Stuart Fenegan receiving the award from EIFF Patron Sir Sean Connery.

This year’s Michael Powell Jury were director Joe Wright (Atonement) who presided over the five-strong Jury: film critic Claudia Puig; actress Sacha Horler (My Year Without Sex); journalist and author Janet Street-Porter and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon).