District 9


1h 52m 2009

Brief Synopsis

Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa's District 9 as th

Film Details

Also Known As
District Nine
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Animatrik Film Design; Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; Chris Boswell Catering; Covert Media; Covert Media; Covert Media; Covert Media; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Dragon Grips; Embassy Visual Effects; Image Engine Design; Park Road Post Ltd.; SF Studios; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Studio Smecky; Tristar Pictures; Wazee Digital; Weta Digital, Ltd.; Wingnut Films; Zoic Studios
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures; Acme Film; B And H; B&H; Cathay Film Organization; Continental Film D.O.O. (Cf); Filmcompagniet; Forum; Fs Film Oy; Gulf Film, Llc; Iti Group; Medyavizyon; Metropolitan Filmexport; Palace Pictures (Czech Republic); SF Studios; Sf Norge; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Tristar Pictures; Universal Pictures International; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m

Synopsis

Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa's District 9 as the world's nations argued over what to do with them. Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United, a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare - they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens' awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA. The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe, contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable - he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.

Crew

Finn Abbott

Foreman

Eva Abramycheva

Other

Giovanni Acchione

Carpenter

Trevor Adams

Visual Effects Supervisor

Christopher Ahrens

Digital Effects Artist

Matt Aitken

Visual Effects Supervisor

Neil Aldridge

Assistant Sound Editor

Janine Alexander

Accounting Assistant

Greg Allison

Props

Stephen Allison

Visual Effects

Brian Anderson

Animator

Dave Anderson

Lighting Technician

Fraser Anderson

Painter

Pippa Anderson

Post-Production Supervisor

Matthew Andrews

Key Grip

Matt Appleton

Costume Supervisor

Georgy Arevshatov

Digital Effects Artist

Artin Aryaei

Digital Effects Artist

Glenn Aryton

Lighting Technician

Gunner Ashford

Props

Daniel Ashton

Digital Effects Artist

Mia Askew

Digital Effects Artist

Oliver Askew

Visual Effects

Richard Athorne

Assistant

Carl Ayala

Digital Effects Artist

Andrew Ayrton

Lighting Technician

Jean Luc Azzis

Digital Effects Artist

Jacobus Badenhorst

Assistant

George Bailey

Stunts

George Bailey

Stunt Performer

Andrew Baker

Character Designer

Kamogelo Bako

Song

Martin Baloyi

Carpenter

Ravi Bansal

Matte Painter

Ravi Bansal

Concept Artist

Eric Ayanda Bara

Special Effects Technician

Alan Barnes

Gaffer

Joshua Barraud

Props

Jessica Bartels

Production Coordinator

Geeta Basantani

Digital Effects Artist

Seb Bast

Other

Terry Bates

Software Engineer

Christopher Bathla

Stunt Performer

Michael Batley

Driver

Cesar Rodriguez Bautista

Rotoscope Animator

Aaron Beck

Character Designer

Lyse Beck

Digital Effects Artist

Uli Beck-schneider

Modelmaker

Calvin Beekman

Grip

Kathleen Beeler

Rotoscope Animator

Stefan De Beer

Stunts

Michelle Belcher

Music Supervisor

Tim Belsher

Cg Supervisor

Murray Benet

Foreman

Dan Bennett

Props

Grant Bensley

Production Manager

Peter Benson

Motion Control

Peter Benson

Motion Control

Michael S Berg

Art Director

Sean Berkhout

Transportation Manager

Gabrielle Bertogg

Props

Dan Best

Assistant Editor

Natalie Best

Software Engineer

Jamie Beswarick

Prosthetic Makeup

Daphne Bezem

Production Coordinator

Hendrik Bezuidenhout

Song

Ian Bidgood

Special Effects Technician

Kris Bieringa

Visual Effects

Carole Bird

Caterer

Daniel Birt

On-Set Dresser

Daniel Birt

On-Set Dresser

Kevin Bitters

Pyrotechnics

Michael Blackbourn

Cg Supervisor

Brett Blenkin

Construction Manager

Leslie Van Blerk

Props

Bill Block

Executive Producer

David Bloem

Liaison

Tony Bloemstein

Storyboard Artist

Neill Blomkamp

Screenplay

David Bloomer

Photography

Richard Bluck

Camera Operator

Chris Bohnenn

Helicopter Pilot

Beauty Bokweni

Accounting Assistant

Johannese Bolofo

Foreman

Mary Jane Bolton

Visual Effects

Eric Bon

Miniatures

Stefanie Boose

Visual Effects Producer

Nick Booth

Digital Effects Artist

Theola Booyens

Makeup Assistant

Jelmer Boskma

Digital Effects Artist

Julian Botha

Assistant Director

Gerhardus Bouchere

Song

Robert Bourgeault

Digital Effects Artist

Philippa Boyens

Coproducer

Federico Bozzano

Matte Painter

Charlie Bradbury

Visual Effects Producer

Adam Bradley

Rotoscope Animator

Darren Bradnock

Grip

Lee Bramwell

Camera

Kristie Breslin

Production Manager

Greg Broadmore

Concept Artist

Don Brooker

Prosthetic Makeup

Jonny Brough

Painter

Aaron Brown

Visual Effects

David Brown

Gaffer

Duncan Brown

Props

Steve Brown

Animator

Thomas Brown

Camera Focus Puller

Tracey Brown

Film Lab

Dhyana Brummel

3-D Artist

Mara Bryan

Visual Effects Producer

Daniel Bryant

Digital Effects Artist

Ian Buchko

Visual Effects

Andy Buckley R.n.

Medic

Sam Bui

Digital Effects

Matthew Bullock

Modelmaker

Joerg W Bungert

Colorist

Andrew Burdan

Storyboard Artist

Ben Burden-smith

Assistant Director

Brent Burge

Supervising Sound Editor

Victoria Burkhart

Assistant

Kurt Butler

Modelmaker

Anton Buys

Carpenter

Charlotte Buys

Adr

Robert Byrne

3-D Artist

Bruce Campbell

Modelmaker

Cedric Canlas

Modelmaker

Jason Canovas

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Lucy Cant

Modelmaker

Grant Carr

Costumes

David Casey

Digital Effects Artist

Adrian Chan

Modelmaker

Etienne Changuion

Stunts

Etienne Changuion

Stunt Performer

Sourisak Chanpaseuth

Painter

Paul Chapman

Digital Effects Artist

Justin Chappell

Carpenter

Freddy Chavez

Digital Effects Artist

Tim Cheng

Rotoscope Animator

Hyemee Choi

Digital Effects Artist

Mannie Chonco

Best Boy

Diana Cilliers

Costume Designer

Helen Clare

Production Manager

Edward Clark

Foreman

Graham Clarke

Assistant Camera

Julian Clarke

Editor

Nick Cleverley

Accountant

Daniel Cockersell

Prosthetic Makeup

Willie Coetsee

Helicopter Pilot

Pieter Coetzee

Helicopter Pilot

Waldemar Coetzee

Special Effects Technician

Wessel Coetzee

Helicopter Pilot

Daniel Coetzer

Stunt Performer

Francois Coetzer

Stunt Performer

Francois Coetzer

Stunts

Trevor Colbert

Foreman

Vanessa Cole

Props Buyer

Adam Collins

Carpenter

Hayden Collow

Sound Effects Editor

Nick Connor

Art Department

Maria Constantenidies

On-Set Dresser

Mark Cooksey

Assistant Camera

Donovan Cooper

Medic

Paul Copeland

Character Animation

Christopher J. Corabi

Legal Services

Jane Cordon

Consultant

Georgia Court

Camera Operator

Jon Cowley

Visual Effects Supervisor

Lars Cox

Camera Operator

Vinca Cox

Script Supervisor

Quynne Craddock

Original Music

Jim Croasdale

Rotoscope Animator

Steve Cronin

Digital Effects Artist

John Cruickshanks

Painter

Lindsay Crummett

Props

Carolynne Cunningham

Producer

Bryce Curtis

Props

Richard Cuthbert

Production Assistant

Marie-cecile Dahan

Visual Effects

Nicole Dajager

Wardrobe

Gareth Daley

Camera Coordinator

Stephen Daly

Best Boy

Lorenzo Damons

Foreman

Pepe Danza

Soloist

Dean Davel

Props

Marion Davey

Production Manager

Colin Davidson

Foreman

Mark Davidson

Key Grip

Jimmy Davies

Unit Manager

Juliette Davis

Production Coordinator

Henry De Villiers

Unit Manager Assistant

Ed Denton

Modelmaker

Nigel Denton-howes

Digital Effects Artist

Leanne Denyer

Caterer

Chris Derochie

Animator

Alpha Yaya Diallo

Soloist

Patrick Diesel

Special Effects Technician

Dan Dixon

Visual Effects

Bongani Dlamini

Set Production Assistant

Bonginkosi Dlamini

Song Performer

Film Details

Also Known As
District Nine
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Animatrik Film Design; Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; Chris Boswell Catering; Covert Media; Covert Media; Covert Media; Covert Media; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Dragon Grips; Embassy Visual Effects; Image Engine Design; Park Road Post Ltd.; SF Studios; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Studio Smecky; Tristar Pictures; Wazee Digital; Weta Digital, Ltd.; Wingnut Films; Zoic Studios
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures; Acme Film; B And H; B&H; Cathay Film Organization; Continental Film D.O.O. (Cf); Filmcompagniet; Forum; Fs Film Oy; Gulf Film, Llc; Iti Group; Medyavizyon; Metropolitan Filmexport; Palace Pictures (Czech Republic); SF Studios; Sf Norge; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Tristar Pictures; Universal Pictures International; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Feature directorial debut for Neill Blomkamp.

Sony Pictures acquired the project for all English-language territories (including North America), Russia, Italy, Korea and Portugal from financier QED Intl at the 2007 American Film Market. The deal was reportedly in the low-to-middle-eight-figure range.

Released in United States Summer August 14, 2009

Released in United States on Video December 22, 2009

Released in United States September 2009 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premieres) September 4-13, 2009.)

Winner of the 2009 award for Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA).

Winner of the 2009 award for Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture by the Visual Effects Society (VES).

Winner of the 2009 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Foreign Feature Film by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Winner of two 2009 awards including Best Production Design and the New Generation Award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Released in United States Summer August 14, 2009

Released in United States on Video December 22, 2009

Released in United States September 2009

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premieres) September 4-13, 2009.

Based on the short film "Alive in Joburg" (Canada/2006) directed by Neill Blomkamp.

Winner of the 2009 award for Best New Filmmaker by the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC).