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Neill Blomkamp is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Assistant Director and Lead Animator Sud africain born on 17 september 1979 at Johannesburg (South africa)

Neill Blomkamp

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Nationality South africa
Birth 17 september 1979 (39 years) at Johannesburg (South africa)

Neill Blomkamp (born 17 September 1979) is a South African-Canadian film and advertisement director, writer, producer and animator. Blomkamp employs a documentary-style, hand-held, cinéma vérité technique, blending naturalistic and photo-realistic computer-generated effects. He is best known as the co-writer and director of critically acclaimed District 9 and the science fiction film Elysium. He is based out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Time named Blomkamp as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2009.
Forbes magazine named him as the 21st most powerful celebrity from Africa.

Biography

Originaire d'Afrique du Sud, Neill Blomkamp emménage au Canada à dix-huit ans où il étudie à l'école de cinéma de Vancouver. Il débute ensuite en tant que spécialiste des effets visuels pour le cinéma et la télévision et travaille notamment pour la série Smallville et Stargate SG-1. Il passe également à la réalisation en mettant en scène plusieurs clips et films publicitaires. Très vite remarqué par des grandes enseignes, il obtient de larges budgets pour des marques comme Nike et Citroën où ses voitures danseuses ont fait le tour du monde.

En 2005, âgé de vingt-six ans, il se distingue également avec son court métrage Alive in Joburg où il imagine, dans un style documentaire, la ville de Johannesburg aux proies à des problèmes d'immigration et d'intégration… d'extra-terrestres ! Il est alors choisi par Peter Jackson pour réaliser l'adaptation du jeu vidéo Halo. Malgré quelques essais prometteurs, le film est annulé à cause d'un budget jugé excessif. Il se tourne alors vers un projet plus personnel, District 9, qui reprend la trame et le style de son court métrage Alive in Joburg tout en la développant. Doté d'un budget d'environ 30 millions de dollars, le film est rentabilisé dès son premier week-end d'exploitation aux États-Unis.
Le réalisateur retrouve ensuite son complice Sharlto Copley pour Elysium dont l’action se situe en 2154. Alors que la population pauvre tente de survivre sur une Terre dévastée, les riches sont partis s’installer sur une station spatiale à hautes technologies sans guerre ni maladie. Matt Damon et Jodie Foster tiennent les rôles principaux de ce film mêlant science-fiction et lutte des classes.

En 2015, le cinéaste poursuit dans son genre de prédilection avec Chappie, robot doué d'une raison et de sentiments, qui devra prouver sa valeur face à des personnes effrayées par cette avancée technologique. Il retrouve à nouveau son acteur fétiche Sharlto Copley, qui prête sa voix et ses mouvements à Chappie, aux côtés d'Hugh Jackman, habitué des robots (après Real Steel).


Carrière
Neill Blomkamp commence sa carrière en travaillant sur les effets spéciaux de séries télévisées comme Stargate SG-1, Space Hospital et First Wave, de films comme Destination: Graceland (2001).

Il dirige ensuite une série de trois courts métrages dans l'univers de Halo (Halo: Arms Race, Halo: Combat et Halo: Last One Standing, appelés collectivement Halo: Landfall). Il est ensuite embauché pour diriger l'adaptation cinématographique Halo. Cependant avec les problèmes financiers, le projet a été reporté sine die.

En 2008, il a remporté le Cannes Lions et le Grand Prix de Film Lions avec sa publicité Halo: Combat.

Il est aussi réalisateur des publicités concernant la Citroën C4 dans lesquelles la voiture se transforme telle un des Transformers.

Tourné au printemps 2008 en Afrique du Sud sous l'égide de Peter Jackson et WingNut Films, District 9 est directement inspiré de son court métrage Alive in Joburg. Il raconte la survie de quelques extra-terrestres qui ont trouvé refuge à Johannesburg et sont traités comme des immigrés clandestins obligés de travailler pour le MNU (Multi-National United). Un agent du gouvernement les prendra davantage en considération en s'intéressant à leurs biotechnologies.

Son second long-métrage Elysium sorti en 2013. Il retrouve l'acteur principal de District 9, Sharlto Copley, qui a cependant un rôle plus secondaire. Il met en vedette Matt Damon et Jodie Foster. Durant la promotion, il confie que son film préféré est Aliens, le retour de James Cameron.

En mars 2015, son troisième long-métrage Chappie sort en salles.

Il devait ensuite mettre en scène Alien 5, comme annoncé par le site hollywoodien ComingSoon en 18 février 2015, après un tweet officiel de l'intéressé. Le projet est cependant repoussé sans date précise au profit d'Alien: Covenant de Ridley Scott qui sort en 2017. Neill Blomkamp se lance alors dans un nouveau projet : la série anthologique Oats. Elle est composée de courts métrages expérimentaux liés entre eux par une ambiance de science-fiction dystopique. Le premier court métrage est mis gratuitement en ligne en intégralité. Il s'agit de Rakka, avec Sigourney Weaver.


Vie privée
Neill Blomkamp est l'époux de la scénariste canadienne Terri Tatchell, avec qui il a écrit District 9 et Chappie.

Best films

Elysium (2013)
(Director)
District 9 (2009)
(Director)
Chappie (2015)
(Director)

Usually with

Brandon Auret
Brandon Auret
(3 films)
Julian Clarke
Julian Clarke
(3 films)
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Neill Blomkamp (7 films)

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Actor

District 9
District 9 (2009)
, 1h52
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin South africa
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about immigration, Films about computing, Films about racism, Dystopian films, Alternate history films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Sharlto Copley, William Allen Young, Jed Brophy, David James, John Sumner, Nick Boraine
Roles Man with Wikus' Coordinates (uncredited)
Rating78% 3.94733.94733.94733.94733.9473
In an alternate 1982, an alien ship inexplicably stops over Johannesburg. When investigation teams enter the ship, they discover a population of sick and malnourished extraterrestrials, derogatorily referred to as "prawns". The South African government confines the aliens to "District 9", a government camp that is located outside of Johannesburg. Twenty-eight years later, in 2010, following periodic conflict between the aliens and the locals living near District 9, the government hires private military company Multinational United (MNU) to relocate the aliens to a new internment. Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley), an Afrikaner bureaucrat, is appointed by Piet Smit (Louis Minnaar), an MNU executive and his father-in-law, to lead the relocation.

Director

Chappie
Chappie (2015)
, 2h
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime, Comic science fiction
Themes Films set in Africa, Comedy science fiction films, Robot films
Actors Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret
Rating67% 3.398833.398833.398833.398833.39883
In response to a record high crime rate in Johannesburg, the South African government purchases a squadron of state-of-the-art, armour-plated attack robots from weapons manufacturer Tetravaal, developed by Deon Wilson. A competing project is the remotely controlled MOOSE, developed by soldier-turned-engineer Vincent Moore. Deon is praised for Tetravaal's success but Vincent grows jealous when the police are unwilling to give his heavy weapons platform equal attention. At home, Deon creates a prototype artificial intelligence that mimics a human mind to the point of feeling emotions and having opinions, but Tetravaal CEO Michelle Bradley refuses to let him test the A.I. on a police robot. Undeterred, Deon steals a recently damaged robot before it is destroyed and puts it in his van, along with the "guard key" needed to update the robot's software. On his way home, he is kidnapped by a group of gangsters, Ninja, Yolandi, and Amerika, who threaten to kill him unless he reprograms a police robot to fight for them. Deon installs the new software into the damaged robot, which responds with childlike terror upon powering up. Deon and Yolandi calm the robot, teaching it words and naming it "Chappie". Despite Deon wanting to stay with the robot, Ninja forces him out of their hideout.
Elysium
Elysium (2013)
, 1h49
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Space adventure films, Films about immigration, Films about computing, Medical-themed films, Transport films, Dans l'espace, Aviation films, Films set in the future, Films about cancer, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Robot films
Actors Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Alice Braga
Rating65% 3.2986453.2986453.2986453.2986453.298645
In 2154, Earth is overpopulated and polluted. Most of the earth's citizens live in poverty, on the edge of starvation, and with little technology and medical care. The rich and powerful live on Elysium — a gigantic, terraformed space habitat located in Earth's orbit. Elysium is technologically advanced; such technology includes Med-Bays: medical machines that can cure all diseases, reverse the aging process and regenerate new body parts. A long-running feud exists between the wealthy residents of Elysium and the citizens of Earth, who want Elysian technology to cure their medical ailments.
District 9
District 9 (2009)
, 1h52
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin South africa
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about immigration, Films about computing, Films about racism, Dystopian films, Alternate history films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Sharlto Copley, William Allen Young, Jed Brophy, David James, John Sumner, Nick Boraine
Rating78% 3.94733.94733.94733.94733.9473
In an alternate 1982, an alien ship inexplicably stops over Johannesburg. When investigation teams enter the ship, they discover a population of sick and malnourished extraterrestrials, derogatorily referred to as "prawns". The South African government confines the aliens to "District 9", a government camp that is located outside of Johannesburg. Twenty-eight years later, in 2010, following periodic conflict between the aliens and the locals living near District 9, the government hires private military company Multinational United (MNU) to relocate the aliens to a new internment. Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley), an Afrikaner bureaucrat, is appointed by Piet Smit (Louis Minnaar), an MNU executive and his father-in-law, to lead the relocation.
Crossing the Line
Directed by Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp
Genres Drama, War
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Calum Gittins
Rating71% 3.5768553.5768553.5768553.5768553.576855
The film centres on two young soldiers in World War I who are about to go into battle. Both have comforting reminders of home. One of the men is an infantryman who clutches a photograph of his lover. The other a pilot who carefully tucks a teddy bear into a safe place in the cockpit of his biplane.
Yellow
Yellow (2006)
, 4minutes
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Genres Science fiction
Themes Robot films
Rating59% 2.955372.955372.955372.955372.95537
The film begins by depicting the development process that eventually results in the creation of the main character. It is explained that in a robotics laboratory, five androids were created as part of an experiment, each one identified with a different color, but one turned out to be different. The yellow one developed the ability to think and learn, to the point that it escaped the facility in which it had been created and became a part of society for 18 months. Rather than seeing humans as enemies or a threat to its own survival, it was "making decisions, and observing us and learning." A SWAT team is sent after Yellow, chasing him through several countries and finally tracking him down in Shanghai. The film concludes during the encounter between the android and the SWAT team, with a voice over suggesting the birth of a new era, with AI becoming part of our society.
Alive in Joburg, 5minutes
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin Canada
Genres Science fiction
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about racism, Alternate history films
Actors Sharlto Copley
Rating74% 3.7444953.7444953.7444953.7444953.744495
En 1990, Johannesburg accueille de nombreux réfugiés extraterrestres, dont les énormes vaisseaux (plus d'un kilomètres de long) stationnent au dessus de la ville. La population humaine est tout d'abord émerveillée par la technologie avancée des aliens (exosquelettes) et les accueille à bras ouverts. Néanmoins les aliens sont parqués dans des bidonvilles et commettent crimes et délits pour survivre. Composé d'interviews et séquences filmées type reportage, le film montre les tensions croissantes entre les civils et les réfugiés, notamment lorsque les vaisseaux commencent à utiliser l'eau et l'électricité de la ville. Parce que l'action se déroule pendant l'apartheid, les aliens sont obligés de vivre avec la population noire déjà oppressée, provoquant de nombreux conflits.

Scriptwriter

Chappie
Chappie (2015)
, 2h
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime, Comic science fiction
Themes Films set in Africa, Comedy science fiction films, Robot films
Actors Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret
Roles Writer
Rating67% 3.398833.398833.398833.398833.39883
In response to a record high crime rate in Johannesburg, the South African government purchases a squadron of state-of-the-art, armour-plated attack robots from weapons manufacturer Tetravaal, developed by Deon Wilson. A competing project is the remotely controlled MOOSE, developed by soldier-turned-engineer Vincent Moore. Deon is praised for Tetravaal's success but Vincent grows jealous when the police are unwilling to give his heavy weapons platform equal attention. At home, Deon creates a prototype artificial intelligence that mimics a human mind to the point of feeling emotions and having opinions, but Tetravaal CEO Michelle Bradley refuses to let him test the A.I. on a police robot. Undeterred, Deon steals a recently damaged robot before it is destroyed and puts it in his van, along with the "guard key" needed to update the robot's software. On his way home, he is kidnapped by a group of gangsters, Ninja, Yolandi, and Amerika, who threaten to kill him unless he reprograms a police robot to fight for them. Deon installs the new software into the damaged robot, which responds with childlike terror upon powering up. Deon and Yolandi calm the robot, teaching it words and naming it "Chappie". Despite Deon wanting to stay with the robot, Ninja forces him out of their hideout.
Elysium
Elysium (2013)
, 1h49
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Space adventure films, Films about immigration, Films about computing, Medical-themed films, Transport films, Dans l'espace, Aviation films, Films set in the future, Films about cancer, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Robot films
Actors Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Alice Braga
Roles Writer
Rating65% 3.2986453.2986453.2986453.2986453.298645
In 2154, Earth is overpopulated and polluted. Most of the earth's citizens live in poverty, on the edge of starvation, and with little technology and medical care. The rich and powerful live on Elysium — a gigantic, terraformed space habitat located in Earth's orbit. Elysium is technologically advanced; such technology includes Med-Bays: medical machines that can cure all diseases, reverse the aging process and regenerate new body parts. A long-running feud exists between the wealthy residents of Elysium and the citizens of Earth, who want Elysian technology to cure their medical ailments.
District 9
District 9 (2009)
, 1h52
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin South africa
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about immigration, Films about computing, Films about racism, Dystopian films, Alternate history films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Sharlto Copley, William Allen Young, Jed Brophy, David James, John Sumner, Nick Boraine
Roles Writer
Rating78% 3.94733.94733.94733.94733.9473
In an alternate 1982, an alien ship inexplicably stops over Johannesburg. When investigation teams enter the ship, they discover a population of sick and malnourished extraterrestrials, derogatorily referred to as "prawns". The South African government confines the aliens to "District 9", a government camp that is located outside of Johannesburg. Twenty-eight years later, in 2010, following periodic conflict between the aliens and the locals living near District 9, the government hires private military company Multinational United (MNU) to relocate the aliens to a new internment. Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley), an Afrikaner bureaucrat, is appointed by Piet Smit (Louis Minnaar), an MNU executive and his father-in-law, to lead the relocation.
Yellow
Yellow (2006)
, 4minutes
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Genres Science fiction
Themes Robot films
Roles Writer
Rating59% 2.955372.955372.955372.955372.95537
The film begins by depicting the development process that eventually results in the creation of the main character. It is explained that in a robotics laboratory, five androids were created as part of an experiment, each one identified with a different color, but one turned out to be different. The yellow one developed the ability to think and learn, to the point that it escaped the facility in which it had been created and became a part of society for 18 months. Rather than seeing humans as enemies or a threat to its own survival, it was "making decisions, and observing us and learning." A SWAT team is sent after Yellow, chasing him through several countries and finally tracking him down in Shanghai. The film concludes during the encounter between the android and the SWAT team, with a voice over suggesting the birth of a new era, with AI becoming part of our society.
Alive in Joburg, 5minutes
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin Canada
Genres Science fiction
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about racism, Alternate history films
Actors Sharlto Copley
Rating74% 3.7444953.7444953.7444953.7444953.744495
En 1990, Johannesburg accueille de nombreux réfugiés extraterrestres, dont les énormes vaisseaux (plus d'un kilomètres de long) stationnent au dessus de la ville. La population humaine est tout d'abord émerveillée par la technologie avancée des aliens (exosquelettes) et les accueille à bras ouverts. Néanmoins les aliens sont parqués dans des bidonvilles et commettent crimes et délits pour survivre. Composé d'interviews et séquences filmées type reportage, le film montre les tensions croissantes entre les civils et les réfugiés, notamment lorsque les vaisseaux commencent à utiliser l'eau et l'électricité de la ville. Parce que l'action se déroule pendant l'apartheid, les aliens sont obligés de vivre avec la population noire déjà oppressée, provoquant de nombreux conflits.

Producer

Chappie
Chappie (2015)
, 2h
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime, Comic science fiction
Themes Films set in Africa, Comedy science fiction films, Robot films
Actors Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret
Roles Producer
Rating67% 3.398833.398833.398833.398833.39883
In response to a record high crime rate in Johannesburg, the South African government purchases a squadron of state-of-the-art, armour-plated attack robots from weapons manufacturer Tetravaal, developed by Deon Wilson. A competing project is the remotely controlled MOOSE, developed by soldier-turned-engineer Vincent Moore. Deon is praised for Tetravaal's success but Vincent grows jealous when the police are unwilling to give his heavy weapons platform equal attention. At home, Deon creates a prototype artificial intelligence that mimics a human mind to the point of feeling emotions and having opinions, but Tetravaal CEO Michelle Bradley refuses to let him test the A.I. on a police robot. Undeterred, Deon steals a recently damaged robot before it is destroyed and puts it in his van, along with the "guard key" needed to update the robot's software. On his way home, he is kidnapped by a group of gangsters, Ninja, Yolandi, and Amerika, who threaten to kill him unless he reprograms a police robot to fight for them. Deon installs the new software into the damaged robot, which responds with childlike terror upon powering up. Deon and Yolandi calm the robot, teaching it words and naming it "Chappie". Despite Deon wanting to stay with the robot, Ninja forces him out of their hideout.
Elysium
Elysium (2013)
, 1h49
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Space adventure films, Films about immigration, Films about computing, Medical-themed films, Transport films, Dans l'espace, Aviation films, Films set in the future, Films about cancer, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Robot films
Actors Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Alice Braga
Roles Producer
Rating65% 3.2986453.2986453.2986453.2986453.298645
In 2154, Earth is overpopulated and polluted. Most of the earth's citizens live in poverty, on the edge of starvation, and with little technology and medical care. The rich and powerful live on Elysium — a gigantic, terraformed space habitat located in Earth's orbit. Elysium is technologically advanced; such technology includes Med-Bays: medical machines that can cure all diseases, reverse the aging process and regenerate new body parts. A long-running feud exists between the wealthy residents of Elysium and the citizens of Earth, who want Elysian technology to cure their medical ailments.

Director

Crossing the Line
Directed by Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp
Genres Drama, War
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Calum Gittins
Roles Assistant Director
Rating71% 3.5768553.5768553.5768553.5768553.576855
The film centres on two young soldiers in World War I who are about to go into battle. Both have comforting reminders of home. One of the men is an infantryman who clutches a photograph of his lover. The other a pilot who carefully tucks a teddy bear into a safe place in the cockpit of his biplane.