Interview: District 9 Screenwriter & Director Neill Blomkamp
by Alex Billington
August 12, 2009
I'm going to be completely honest - this might have been one of the best interviews I've ever done. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to sit down and talk with Neill Blomkamp, the man behind the upcoming sci-fi film District 9 that hits theaters this weekend (go see it!). We talk about everything from how this came together, the five months he spent working on the Halo movie with Peter Jackson, how they pulled off all of the visual effects, both practical and CGI, and how the story developed over time. It's a very in-depth interview but one of the best you'll hear on D9! There are a few spoilers, but nothing big, so don't worry!
Watch my interview with District 9 writer and director Neill Blomkamp:
This interview was shot using my Flip Mino camera in Los Angeles. The story behind how District 9 came together (following Halo), combined with Neill's background, was fascinating to hear. Beyond that, talking about how he pulled everything off with a budget of only $30 million was also incredible. Neill Blomkamp is already one of my favorite directors, and I have a feeling he's on his way to becoming one of the next great directors in Hollywood. If I can suggest anything, it's that you re-watch this interview after seeing District 9 this weekend, because you'll gain even more insight. Thank you to Sony and Neill for the interview!