February 22, 2010
WOOSTER, Ohio, Feb. 22 -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has honored
Duncan Jones ’95 with a 2010 Film Award for Outstanding Debut by a British
Writer, Director or Producer. The award is the British equivalent of an Oscar
and recognizes Jones for his first feature film, Moon, which opened to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic last summer.
Set in the near future, Moon tells the story of Sam Bell, a
man in the final days of a three-year stint working alone at a lunar mining
base. Because of a malfunctioning satellite, Sam can only send and receive
taped messages to his wife and three-year-old daughter back on earth. His only
“conversations” are with Gerty, the base’s well-intentioned but uncomplicated
“Moon is about alienation,” Jones says. “It’s about how we
anthropomorphize technology; it’s about the paranoia that strikes when you are
in a long distance relationship; and it’s about learning to accept yourself.
Jones traces some of the issues he grapples with in Moon
back to his Independent Study project at Wooster, “How to Kill Your Computer
Friend: An Investigation of the Mind/Body Problem and How It Relates to the
Hypothetical Creation of a Thinking Machine.”
“I majored in philosophy both at Wooster and later, in
graduate school at Vanderbilt, and there are some interesting ideas in Moon that come out of lectures and studies I did with Professor Ron Hustwit and Professor Hank Kreuzman,” Jones
In an interview immediately after accepting the award, Jones
said he starts work on his second feature film next week.
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