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August 30, 2013 at 02:25 AM EDT
WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY opens CELLUDROID Festival with its South Africa premiere 30th August and 3rd September
The critically acclaimed, 85th Oscar competitor, WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY is making its South Africa Premiere at the Celludroid Anime SciFi and Fantasy Film Festival, the festival that launched Blomkamp’s DISRICT 9 in South Africa, on Friday, 30th of August, 8:30pm with a second show added on Tuesday, the 3rd of September at 8:30pm.

Seattle, WA, USA (August 30, 2013) — Director Timothy Hines’ WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY, released theatrically in theaters across the US, is the opening night movie, Friday, 30th of August, 8:30pm at the Celludroid Anime SciFi and Fantasy Film Festival in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. Celludroid is the film festival that premiered DISTRICT 9, directed by Neill Blomkamp, whose latest movie ELYSIUM, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley dominated the world box office this summer. WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY will be preceded by an early show of the classic, PLAN 9 FROM OUTERSPACE, directed by Ed Wood, the filmmaker made famous by Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton in the movie ED WOOD. The festival is known for choosing a roster of fresh and original new science fiction and fantasy movies runs the 30 of August through the 8th of September.

A second show has been added for WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY at the Celludroid Anime SciFi and Fantasy Film Festival in Cape Town on Tuesday, the 3rd of September at 8:30pm. The movie, WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY, created as a fast paced war docudrama in a world where there was a war between Earth and Mars in 1900, played in theaters across the United States and is now on DVD and VOD. The movie is highly entertaining social commentary on how media shapes what we believe to be true.

Ain’t It Cool News critic raved, “The best film I had the privilege of seeing this week was WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE TRUE STORY. WOTWTTS is one of the coolest little films I’ve come across in quite a while. As if the Orson Welles radio broadcast wasn’t mythic enough, along comes this mock-doc to add a whole new layer of intrigue to H.G. Wells’ fascinating story. Highly recommended to those who love revisionist history, alien invasion films, and thrilling real life documentaries.”

Critic Hal C F Astell for the review site Apocalypse Later gave a glowing thumbs up to WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY. He said, “Critics hear the word ‘journey’ a lot and it doesn’t usually mean much, but here it’s quite clearly about as appropriate as it gets.” And “It’s a tribute to the dedication of Hines and his more honest and loyal partners that War of the Worlds: The True Story was even started, let alone finished and released to critical acclaim.” Astell lauded the efforts by the moviemakers in bring the picture to life, “a worthy movie that stayed true to Wells’s original vision is a task perhaps best left to masochists, but Hines stuck it out and it clearly paid off.” Critic Astell went on to compare the movie to delicious desert and fun events, “I love that idea enough that it isn’t just strawberries, it’s strawberries with cream, served during Wimbledon.” He discussed the large scope of the picture, “Destruction on a scale that even Spielberg can’t compete with.”

Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times said, “‘War Of The Worlds The True Story’ is clever like Wells. Hugely inventive and ambitious, a mock sci-fi docudrama packed with a truly impressive – and clever – mix of editing (a reported 3 1/2 years’ worth), special effects, visual artistry and offbeat storytelling.” Frank Scheck, critic of The Hollywood Reporter called the movie, “Impressive for its technical achievements. Director/Editor Hines weaves the various styles of footage together in expert fashion.”

Shawn Francis critic at You Won Cannes said, “Ever since the 1953 movie adaptation of War Of The Worlds there have been numerous other translations of Wells’ novel, even a 1988 short lived TV series, but of all the ones I have seen the only two-yes, only two-I find worthy of repeated viewings is the ’53 film and this new 2013 docudrama.”

Steven Rose Jr., writer and critic of the Sacramento Examiner gave the movie  5 out of 5 stars, saying “‘War Of The Worlds The True Story’ carries the suspense and drama of both the 1953 movie and Spielberg’s 2005 version but in a more realistic manner through its documentary style.”

The movie is on DVD with special features and extras through the War Of The Worlds The True Story official website and can be rented in online streaming through Vimeo as well at

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