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      Neill Blomkamp

      Neill Blomkamp

      Highest Rated: 90% District 9 (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Demonic (2021)

      Birthday: Sep 17, 1979

      Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

      Having been a professional animator and visual-effects artist since he was 16 years old, director Neill Blomkamp survived the indignity of having his first studio film taken away from him by turning the independently financed sci-fi opus, "District 9" (2009), into a major box-office and critical hit. Born on Sept. 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Blomkamp grew up amidst the social divisiveness and government-approved minority white rule of apartheid, which had a profound and life-changing influence on his later creative vision. Meanwhile, his parents bought him a computer when he was 14, which led to his experimenting with 3-D animation, as well as practical effects and prosthetics. When he was just 16 years old, Blomkamp was hired by television producer Sharlto Copley to be an animator for the production company, Deadtime. Two years later, his family relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he studied film at Vancouver Film School. He also earned some practical experience as a visual effects artist for The Embassy Visual Effects as well as Rainmaker Digital Effects, serving as a lead animator on the Kevin Costner/Kurt Russell vehicle, "3,000 Miles to Graceland" (2001).

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      Neill Blomkamp DISTRICT 9, director Neill Blomkamp, 2009. Ph: Trent Opaloch/©Sony Pictures Entertainment CHAPPIE, from left: director Neill Blomkamp, Hugh Jackman, on set, 2015. ph: Stephanie Blomkamp/©Columbia Pictures CHAPPIE, director Neill Blomkamp (center), Camera Operator Mannie Ferreira, on set, 2015. ph: Stephanie Blomkamp/©Columbia Pictures CHAPPIE, director Neill Blomkamp, on set, 2015. ph: Stephanie Blomkamp/©Columbia Pictures ELYSIUM, from left: director Neill Blomkamp, Matt Damon, on location in Mexico City, ph: Stephanie Blomkamp/©Sony Pictures ELYSIUM, from left: Sharlto Copley, director Neill Blomkamp, on set, ph: Kimberley French/©Sony Pictures ELYSIUM, from left: director Neill Blomkamp, Matt Damon, on set, ph: Kimberley French/©Sony Pictures ELYSIUM, from left: producer Simon Kinberg, director Neill Blomkamp, on set, 2013. ph: Stephanie Blomkamp/©Sony Pictures ELYSIUM, director Neill Blomkamp, on set, ph: Stephanie Blomkamp/©Sony Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      65% 98% Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story Director $44.2M 2023
      13% 19% Demonic Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $68.6K 2021
      32% 56% Chappie Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $31.6M 2015
      64% 58% Elysium Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $93.1M 2013
      90% 82% District 9 Director,
      Screenwriter
      $115.6M 2009
      No Score Yet 78% Alive in Joburg Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2005