Director Neill Blomkamp and Actor Sharlto Copley About District 9
Yesterday the industry’s world was spinning around the Oscars’ nominations and many snubs, such as Looper for best original screenplay, revived 2009 memories about District 9, one of the best science-fiction movie that has been out in recent years (and there has been many of those).
District 9 was directed by commercial and music video South-African director Neill Blomkamp as his first attempt to shoot a feature film, after funding for Halo‘s adaptation collapsed. Peter Jackson produced the movie based on Alive in Joburg, a short Blomkamp shot during his time-off to build his reel as a potential narrative director.
Watch Alive in Joburg, the short that inspired District 9:
The film took everybody by surprise with its fresh take on the genre and its subtle storyline and thanks to the Oscars system change (10 movies were to be nominated for Best Picture instead of the until-then 5), it got nominated in the Best Picture category along with three more nominations. Although no one thought it was a serious contender, its mere presence in the nominees’ list made movie genres lovers hopeful for more exciting and challenging days at the Academy.
On the bright side, DP/30 released a two parts interview they shot back in 2009 with Blomkamp and Copley for part 1, and then with the additional presence of Terri Tatchell (co-writer) and Jason Cope (actor) for part 2.
Below is Part 1, where Blomkamp and Copley, friends since their late teens, talk about their background, how they came about doing District 9 and how Copley, usually working on the production side of movie making, ended up being the lead actor in it.
Table of Chapters
- Chapter 1: Which one is the more talented
- Chapter 2: How Neill and Sharlto met
- Chapter 3: Sharlto’s background as a growing artist
- Chapter 4: Neill’s Experience in Canada
- Chapter 5: The original impetus for District 9
- Chapter 6: Neill’s Early Career and Path to making a feature film
- Chapter 7: About Finding Money for Alive in Joburg
- Chapter 8: Sharlto’s Career Before District 9
- Chapter 9: How Sharlto ended up Lead Actor
- Chapter 10: Being Nervous and Improvising
- Chapter 11: The Film’s Reception
Neil Blomkamp second feature film, Elysium, another dystopian science-fiction movie, is expected to hit theater August 9, 2013. I’ve read the script and needless to say I’m very curious to discover Blomkamp’s final result.
In the meantime, here is a teaser-trailer: