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Neill Blomkamp (born 17.9.1979)
Neill Blomkamp is a South African writer; producer and director acknowledged for his visual effect work and documentary style, handheld filmmaking. He is best known for his work on the Academy Award nominated District 9 and was named by Time as one of 2009's most inspirational figures.

Childhood: Blomkamp was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended Redhill High school. When Blomkamp was 16 he met Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) who provided Blomkamp with the equipment and resources to allow him to pursue his passion and talent in 3D animation and design. In return, Blomkamp helped to create 3D work and visuals for Copley's marketing and pitches through various projects.

Industry Career: When Blomkamp was 18 he applied and enrolled to Vancouver film school. Blomkamp was hired for multiple 'photo-realistic' effects projects including aviation work with: Popular Science. Blomkamp worked on behalf of The Embassy Visual Effects and Rainmaker digital effects whilst being signed to Spy Films Blomkamp's talent and passion for visual effect lead to him working on television series such as Stargate SG-1, First Wave, Mercy Point, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, Dark Angel, 3000 Miles to Graceland and critical acclaimed Smallville. Blomkamp was hired for promotion purposes by Adidas for which he wrote, directed and created the visual effects for short film Adicolor Yellow. This led to Blomkamp directing his own short, Alive in Joburg which obtained him with recognition from Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson. Jackson's aimed to produce the Halo movie (for which Blomkamp had previously created three short promotional videos, based in the same universe) with Blomkamp directing. When funding failed Peter Jackson went on to produce an adaptation of Blomkamp's short, Alive in Joburg which ultimately became District 9. District 9 starred old friend of Blomkamp' Sharlto Copley and received critical and public success. The film maintained Blomkamp's documentary style filming, exploring discrimination which is seen throughout his short films.

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'Chappie' Star Dev Patel Admits Co-Starring With A Robot Brought Its Challenges

Dev Patel Sharlto Copley Neill Blomkamp Die Antwoord Hugh Jackman Sigourney Weaver

Dev Patel stars in one of the most unusual sci-fi movies of recent years, 'Chappie', in which he plays a celebrated engineer and inventor of a robotic police force. However, communicating with a robot as opposed to another actor was always going to bring its challenges.

Dev Patel in 'Chappie'
Dev Patel stars alongside Sharlto Copley in 'Chappie'

He's probably best known for starring in the Oscar winning Eastern drama 'Slumdog Millionaire', but Dev Patel is no stranger to the sci-fi fantasy genre. In 2010, he appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Last Airbender', but rather than having to weave around various special effects, this time he was expected to enact scenes with an inanimate object.

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A Week In Movies: Chappie And Cinderella Premiere In New York And L.A., Ethan Hawke Is Snapped On-Set, And New Trailers Arrive For Movies Starring Veterans Ian Mckellen, Ben Kingsley And Maggie Smith.

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Neill Blomkamp's new film Chappie held its world premiere this week in New York, just a day before before it opened around the world. Blomkamp (who previously made District 9 and Elysium) was present along with stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel.

Photos - World film premiere of 'Chappie' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - NYC

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Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' Mixes Ideas And Action

Neill Blomkamp Sharlto Copley

As he did with 'District 9' and 'Elysium', South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp wants to combine thrills and thoughtful issues in his new movie 'Chappie'. His goal, he says, is to "change the lens through which a person looks at something. But you have to do that without violating the reason that someone paid for a ticket in the first place."

Chappie is played by Sharlto Copley - a longtime collaborator of Blomkamp's
Chappie is played by Sharlto Copley - a longtime collaborator of Blomkamp's

In other words, while all three films include strong political statements, "they're also pieces of entertainment, and if they don't work on that level then they don't work period," he said. "Filmmakers need to remember that audiences go to the cinema to escape for two hours, not to be lectured to. If you really have a message you need to get across, you're better off making a documentary."

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Is 'Chappie' A Blip On Neill Blomkamp's Previous Unblemished Record?

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It seems as though Neill Blomkamp's intention to direct a new Alien movie has taken most of the publicity away from his latest film Chappie, which may be just as well given the middling reviews for the sci-fi movie about a near future mechanized police force.

ChappieChappie has received middling reviews for Neill Blomkamp

'Chappie' is a police droid who is stolen and given new programming to become the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. When a powerful and destructive force starts to regard the droid as a danger to mankind, they attempt to ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

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Chappie Review


This is a terrific small film about artificial intelligence wrapped within a much bigger, less involving action blockbuster. When he's grappling with issues of existence and consciousness, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has a lot of fascinating things to say. But he also seems unable to resist tipping everything into contrived chaos, adding an unconvincing villain and lots of violent gun battles. It's an awkward mix that might please action movie fans more than those who like to engage their brains.

It's set after 2016, when the Johannesburg police deployed a team of Scout robots to bring order to the gang-ruled streets. This has been a bonanza for the tech company Tetravaal, run by hard-nosed CEO Michelle (Sigourney Weaver), who chose the Scout model, designed by the nerdy Deon (Dev Patel), over a more military-style behemoth called Moose, designed by trigger-happy Vincent (Hugh Jackman). Meanwhile, a low-life trio of offbeat, high-energy thugs (Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser and Jose Pablo Cantillo) decide to crack into the Scout's control system, so they kidnap Deon, inadvertently getting their hands on his newest prototype, the first truly sentient robot. When he's switched on, Chappie (Copley) has a sensitive soul and learns rather too quickly from his captors.

With films like District 9 and Elysium, Blomkamp showed an ability to seamlessly integrate technology with a rough and real story, and the effects work here is remarkable mainly because we never see how they're done. The robots look utterly natural mixing with humans, and Copley's performance is so astonishing that Chappie quickly becomes a hugely sympathetic character, uncannily taking on the traits of the people around him. It also helps that the film's script continually puts Chappie into situations that force us to feel his emotions and, most importantly, his powerful sense of self-preservation. Yes, he wants to live!

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World Film Premiere Of 'Chappie'

Rich and Kathy Walkile - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet World film premiere of 'Chappie' which was held at AMC Loews in Lincoln Square, New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 4th March 2015

Rich and Kathy Walkile

Neill Blomkamp Will Direct 'Aliens' Film, Set After 'Prometheus 2'

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Neill Blomkamp's next project will be an Aliens movie set after the events of the upcoming Prometheus 2. Sources say Ridley Scott's Scott Free will produce the picture, though there's still plenty of work to be done before both Prometheus and Blomkamp's new picture make it to the big screen.

Neill BlomkampNeill Blomkamp will direct a new Aliens movie for Fox

Sources tell Deadline there is currently no script for Prometheus 2 - which Scott will direct - or the new Aliens film.

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Neill Blomkamp To Direct New 'Alien' Movie, Produced By Ridley Scott

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A new film in the Alien franchise has been announced. The upcoming project, produced by the original Alien director Ridley Scott, will be directed by Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp is best known for directing District 9 and will work on the upcoming Alien project independently from Scott's other Alien franchise film, a sequel to Prometheus.

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Neill Blomkamp will direct the upcoming Alien film.

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Neill Blomkamp Could Make New 'Alien' Movie At Sony

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Neill Blomkamp, the celebrated director of District 9, says Sony is ready to make his 'Alien' movie that would seemingly feature Sigourney Weaver's character Ellen Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks.

Neill BlomkampNeill Blomkamp says Sony wants to make his Alien movie

At the start of the year, Blomkamp posted concept images of the movie on Instagram though offered little explanation as to their meaning.

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'Chappie' - Press Conference

Hugh Jackman - Shots of the stars of new sci-fi film 'Chappie' as they attend a press conference for the film at the Crosby Hotel in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th February 2015

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Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Neill Blomkamp
Hugh Jackman and Neill Blomkamp
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Hugh Jackman

Chappie - Trailer

Mankind has the potential to build wondrous things, yet it also truly fears what it doesn't understand. After working for the best part of a year on creating a thinking, feeling artificial intelligence, Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) is close to realising that vision. Said vision is CHAPPiE (Sharlto Copley), and when he is finally activated, he serves as a true breakthrough for mankind. CHAPPiE is a capable of thinking and learning, yet he also has the potential for creating destruction. It is this potential that worries Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman), who sets out with the intent to destroy CHAPPiE before he can cause any damage.

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As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...

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10) Shaun The Sheep Movie - The British TV hit becomes a charming stop-motion feature (Feb). Other anticipated animations: Pixar's Inside Out (Jul), Despicable Me spin-off The Minions Movie (Jun) and Snoopy & Charlie Brown (Dec). Watch the trailer for Shaun The Sheep Movie here.

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Matt Damon's 'Elysium' Fails To Convince Prickly UK Critics

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Neill Blomkamp's follow-up his Oscar nominated sci-fi District 9 had garnered strong reviews stateside. Elysium followed Matt Damon's character Max, who attempts to reach a wealthy man-made space station inhabited only by the privileged as an overpopulated Earth follows into chaos.

Matt DamonMatt Damon Plays Max In 'Elysium'

Great idea for a sci-fi movie, huh? The American critics thought so too and it reached a score in the high 60s, early 70s on Rotten Tomatoes. One of the most positive reviews came from Ben Sachs of The Chicago Tribune who said Elysium "turns the genre on its head, critiquing military might and voicing sympathy for the disenfranchised."

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Elysium Review


As he did with District 9, South African filmmaker Blomkamp grounds this sci-fi thriller in present-day society, telling a story that resonates with a strong political kick. He also again uses effects in a off-handed way that never steals focus from the actors. On the other hand,he fails to build much of an emotional impact, even though the script continually tries to ramp up the personal drama. But the actors are all very watchable, and the film's urgent vibe keeps us gripped.

It's set in 2154 Los Angeles, a sprawling shantytown where people struggle to survive without adequate resources or health care. In orbit above the earth, Elysium is an idyllic refuge for the very wealthy. Protected by the fierce Secretary Rhodes (Foster), Elysium's only threat is illegal immigration from the surface. And that's what factory worker Max (Damon) wants to attempt after severe radiation poisoning. Even having a nurse (Braga) for a friend doesn't help him get proper care: he needs the high tech medicine on Elysium to survive. He turns to black-marketeer Spider (Moura) for help, and Spider fits Max with a devise that gives him physical strength plus technology to steal vital information from an Elysium contractor (Fichtner). So Rhodes unleashes sleeper agent Kruger (Copley) to stop Max.

Yes, the plot is somewhat convoluted, but the chaos makes it feel much more realistic than the more simplistic thrillers we usually see. It also helps that the digital effects feel so seamlessly integrated into the shaky-cam mayhem of the favelas, while even the more grandly photographed Elysium leaves the effects in the background. This allows Blomkamp to keep the focus on the characters, even if the splintering plot never draws us in emotionally. Braga's plotline is clearly designed to tug at the heart-strings, but her tentative romance with Max never goes anywhere. Max's friendship with Julio (Luna) is much more interesting.

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Neill Blomkamp Wastes No Time - After 'Elysium' Comes 'Chappie'

Neill Blomkamp Sharlto Copley

Neill Blomkamp is already working on his next sci-fi epic, Chappie. Elysium isn’t out until August 21st worldwide, but Blomkamp isn’t wasting any time, especially considering his latest film, starring Matt Damon, was met with luke warm reviews.

Sharlto Copley, Neill Blomkamp and Matt DamonSharlto Copley, Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon at the Elysium photocall

Chappie will see Blomkamp reunite with Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC, which means the team behind the burgeoning director’s breakthrough movie, District 9, are back in action. Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and South African rap duo Ninja and Yolandi Visser will star.

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17th September, 1979






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