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FULL SYNOPSIS

Director [[Performer~P484717~Neill Blomkamp~neillblomkamp]] teams with producer [[Performer~P95689~Peter Jackson~peterjackson]] for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens' welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe ([[Performer~P484722~Sharlto Copley~sharltocopley]]) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien's technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet. Ostracized and isolated, Wikus retreats to District 9 in a desperate bid to shake his dogged pursuers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 14, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Julian Clarke Best Editing 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julian Clarke Best Editing 2009 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild Julian Clarke Best Edited Feature - Drama 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Matt Aitken Best Visual Effects 2009 Nominee
Austin Film Critics Neill Blomkamp Best First Film 2009 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Neill Blomkamp Most Promising Filmmaker 2009 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Neill Blomkamp Best Director 2009 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Neill Blomkamp Best Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Neill Blomkamp Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Muyzers Best Visual Effects 2009 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Terri Tatchell Best Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terri Tatchell Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Trent Opaloch Best Cinematography 2009 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Peter Jackson Producer of the Year 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Jackson Best Picture 2009 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Carolynne Cunningham Producer of the Year 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carolynne Cunningham Best Picture 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniel Kaufman Best Visual Effects 2009 Nominee

Cast

Sharlto Copley
as Wikus van der Merwe
Jason Cope
as Grey Bradnam/UKNR Chief Correspondent
David James
as Koobus Venter
Vanessa Haywood
as Tania Van de Merwe
Mandla Gaduka
as Fundiswa Mhlanga
Kenneth Nkosi
as Thomas
Eugene Khumbanyiwa
as Obesandjo
Louis Minnaar
as Piet Smit
William Allen Young
as Dirk Michaels
Nathalie Boltt
as Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist
Sylvaine Strike
as Dr. Katrina McKenzie
Elizabeth Mkandawie
as Interviewee
John Sumner
as Les Feldman - MIL Engineer
Greg Melvill-Smith
as Interviewer
Jed Brophy
as James Hope - Police Officer
Marian Hooman
as Sandra Van de Merwe
Vittorio Leonardi
as Michael Blomstein - MNU Alien Civil Affairs
Johan van Schoor
as Nicolas Van de Merwe
Stella Steenkamp
as Phyllis Sinderson - MNU Alien Relations
Mampho Brescia
as Reporter
Morne Erasmus
as MNU Medic
Anthony Bishop
as Paramedic
David Clatworthy
as Doctor
Mike Huff
as Doctor
Anthony Fridjhon
as MNU Executive
Jason Cope
as Christopher Johnson
Hlengiwe Madlala
as Sangoma
Siyabonga Radebe
as Obesandjo's Lieutenant
Melt Sieberhagen
as Anton Grobler
Andre Odendaal
as Mike Van Kerland
Louise Saint Claire
as MNU Medical Scientist
Alan Glauber
as MNU Operating Room Doctor
Nicolas Herbstein
as MNU Biolab Technician
Norman Anstey
as MNU Lead Medical Technician
Nick Boraine
as Craig Weldon
Robert Hobbs
as Ross Pienaar
Sibulele Gcilitshana
as U Günters Woman
Mahendra Raghunath
as SABC Anchor Person
Phillip Mathebula
as Meat Stall Seller

Crew

Neill Blomkamp
Director
Carolynne Cunningham
Producer
Peter Jackson
Producer
Neill Blomkamp
Screenwriter
Terri Tatchell
Screenwriter
Trent Opaloch
Cinematographer
Clinton Shorter
Composer (Music Score)
Michelle Belcher
Musical Direction/Supervision
Julian Clarke
Editor
Philip Ivey
Production Designer
Dianna Cilliers
Production Designer
Mike Berg
Art Director
Emelia Weavind
Art Director
Philippa Boyens
Co-producer
Elliot Ferwerda
Executive Producer
Paul Hanson
Executive Producer
Ken Kamins
Executive Producer
Bill Block
Executive Producer
Denton Douglas
Casting
Weta Workshop Ltd.
Creature Effects
The Embassy Visual Effects
Visual Effects
Image Engine
Visual Effects
Grant Hulley
Stunts Coordinator
Zoic Studios
Visual Effects
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