15 certificateDistrict 9 is a Film programme that first aired in 2009 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

District 9 is a 4 star programme

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District 9 (2009)

Directed by
Neill Blomkamp

In 1982 a dilapidated spaceship arrived over Johannesburg, South Africa, its crew of insect-like aliens left stranded in the poverty-plagued metropolis. Rounded into a shanty town and forcibly segregated from the indigenous population, over the years the 'Prawns' become the city's true underclass, despite their remarkably advanced technology.

When a massive relocation program begins that will see the aliens forced from the slum and into another camp many miles away officious Multinational United worker Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) gets to work evicting the unwanted visitors. Looking for weaponry and other contraband of interest to his employers, Wikus inadvertently comes into contact with a Prawn-engineered substance that will make him public enemy number one and give him a whole new perspective on the extraterrestrials.

Produced by Peter Jackson and based on Neill Blomkamp's 2005 short film Alive In Joburg, District 9 is a stunning blend of brilliant black comedy, relentless sci-fi action and spot-on social commentary. Leaving bloated Hollywood blockbusters in the dust, this ingenious concoction has all the spectacle of a mainstream movie but with the guts, grit and intelligence of an indie picture.

Hinging on Copley's endearing tragic-comic performance as the clueless bureaucrat and making the most of some exceptional special effects work from Jackson's Weta Digital team, Blomkamp's film is overtly allegorical yet never feels trite or preachy.

Dealing with issues of segregation and social alienation while keeping the unhinged alien action coming thick and fast, the director has delivered a science fiction triumph that's likely to become a classic in the fullness of time.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 108 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2009

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA/New Zealand

Filmed in Colour


Image for Sharlto CopleySharlto Copley...Wikus Van De Merwe
Jason Cope...Grey Bradnam - UKNR Chief Correspondent
Nathalie Boltt...Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist
Sylvaine Strike...Dr Katrina McKenzie
Elizabeth Mkandawie...Interviewee
John Sumner...Les Feldman - MIL Engineer
William Allen Young...Dirk Michaels
Greg Melvill-Smith...Interviewer
Nick Blake...Francois Moraneu - CIV Engineer Team
Morena Busa Sesatsa...Interviewee
Themba Nkosi...Interviewee
Mzwandile Nqoba...Interviewee
Barry Strydom...Interviewee
Jed Brophy...James Hope - Police Officer
Louis Minnaar...Piet Smit