Photograph by Jennifer Livingston
Duncan Jones, until recently best known as Zowie Bowie (son of David), is making his own artistic mark with Moon, the story of the lone occupant (Sam Rockwell) of a lunar base who encounters another version of himself after an accident. Blending indie contemplation, sci-fi effects, and a HAL-like robot, the 38-year-old director creates a film thats gripping and a little out there. But when your dad is Ziggy Stardust, the strangeness of space isnt lost on you. David Walters
Q: Isn't paying homage to seventies and eighties sci-fi while tackling special effects and ethical issues like cloning a bit much for your first feature film?
A: We did aim high—and probably didn't realize how ambitious we were trying to be until we actually got stuck in it. It's like running a marathon: If you knew exactly how you would feel at the end, you might not have done it.
Q: Have you always been a sci-fi geek?
A: When I was a kid, we had an old Sony U-matic tape player. It was back when people didn't really have video players at home, but my dad was in a position where he could get stuff like that. We had Star Wars on three giant tapes, so the nerds from my school—my "fraternity"—used to come over, and we'd watch it again and again.
Q: Speaking of your dad, did you consider using some of his music for the soundtrack?
A: I got a guy named Clint Mansell, who's fabulous. His Requiem for a Dream soundtrack was in my CD tray while I was writing the story.
Q: But "Space Oddity" would've been great.
A: I couldn't afford David Bowie—even if I wanted him.
The trailer for Moon