If you're looking to make it big in the movie biz, low budget sci-fi
isn't likely your recipe for success. Unless you're Neill Blomkamp -
then, it's your calling card.
Born in South Africa, and now
calling Vancouver home, Neill's been making short films for years. One
in particular - 'Alive in Joburg' - caught the eye of Peter Jackson, the
director of 'Lord of the Rings.' He was so impressed, he collaborated
with Neill on a feature length version of Joburg - which is now known
worldwide as 'District 9.'
Neill co-wrote and directed it.
The movie is about aliens who descend on the city of Johannesburg, are
given refuge, and then are confined to a government camp that becomes a
slum. The film is meant to parallel apartheid era South Africa - and
audiences ate it up.
'District 9' received four Oscar
nominations, including best picture. And Time Magazine recently named
Neill one of the 100 most influential people of 2010.