District 9 (Cert. 15)

Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James
Film director: 
Neill Blomkamp
Event date: 
Thu, 10/04/2014

A camp in Johannesburg full of immigrants is due to be cleared as the inhabitants are to be relocated to the outskirts. Armed groups are preparing to clear the area of this impoverished community, a community of aliens.

From producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and director Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original science fiction thriller that "soars on the imagination of its creators" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). With stunning special effects and gritty realism, the film plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed... only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.

The event included a FREE film screening + discussion. Following the film, we presented a FREE drinks reception and panel discussion. The panel included Howard Barrell (apartheid and South African politics), Nick Johns (race and racism) and Richard Gale (residential segregation).

Trailer: Can be viewed by clicking here

This event is sponsored by Cardiff University School of Social Sciences.

Articles on this film:

District 9: Prawns, Pests and Matter Out of Place

District 9 (2009) is a science fiction film that in many ways is less about an imagined future and is more a social commentary on the here and now.