History Trivia / District9

25th Oct '16 3:52:27 AM fearlessnikki
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* CreatorCameo: Neill Blomkamp can be seen giving the co-ordinates when Kobus is tracking Wikus's location.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles: Jason Cope portrayed all of the speaking aliens, as well as providing the voice of the documentary narrator.



* RealitySubtext: Comes from the quote "if they were from another country, maybe we would understand" in the first half. Maybe intentional, maybe not, but it's hard to deny. In May 2008, ([[{{Irony}} black]]) South Africans rioted to expel Zimbabweans (primarily) as well as Malawians and Mozambicans from the country, or hack them to death with machetes--whichever. At least two people died and many more were injured. Thousands of people left the country, while others were deported, and there's still (as there has been for decades) an underlying nationalist sentiment. So yeah, no.

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Comes from the quote "if they were from another country, maybe we would understand" in the first half. Maybe intentional, maybe not, but it's hard to deny. In May 2008, ([[{{Irony}} black]]) South Africans rioted to expel Zimbabweans (primarily) as well as Malawians and Mozambicans from the country, or hack them to death with machetes--whichever. At least two people died and many more were injured. Thousands of people left the country, while others were deported, and there's still (as there has been for decades) an underlying nationalist sentiment. So yeah, no.no.
** The slums used in filming were actual slums in Johannesburg, where the residents were to be moved to better government housing. [[LifeImitatesArt Some of the residents hadn't been moved out by the time filming began]].
* StarMakingRole: Sharlto Copley had not acted before and was pushed on camera for the original short film. The overwhelming success of this kickstarted an acting career for him, appearing in all of Blomkamp's subsequent films as well as notable hits like ''Film/Maleficent''.
* ThrowItIn:
** When Fundisawa steps out of the vehicle into District 9 for the first time, he dives for cover. This was because he didn't know there would be gunfire, and the stuntmen began firing unexpectedly.
** Kobus's reaction to the truck flipping was actually David James's reaction to the stunt ''not'' working after about seven attempts.


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** The aliens were originally designed to be hulking creatures with leathery skin and tentacled faces. They were to be played by actors in creature suits. Another idea was to have the prawn design as well, but the prawn aliens would be masters of the tentacled ones. Along the way, they decided to keep the prawn design for everyone and use CGI.
7th Sep '16 11:00:22 AM NWolfman
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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Save for one or two scenes, Sharlto Copley improvised all of Wikus's dialogue.
7th Sep '16 10:56:12 AM NWolfman
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** Originally, Blomkamp and Jackson were attempting to adapt ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' into a movie. When that [[DevelopmentHell fell through]], they went with this instead.

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** Originally, Blomkamp and Jackson were attempting to adapt ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' into a movie. When that [[DevelopmentHell fell through]], they went with this instead. the studio let him keep the money to [[AuteurLicense do whatever he wanted]].



* WordOfGod: The fluid is [[spoiler:actually a nanite solution used for fixing things.]]

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* WordOfGod: The fluid is [[spoiler:actually a nanite solution used for fixing things.]]
6th Sep '15 5:25:24 AM fq
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* BannedInChina: UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}} has banned the movie because it "portrays Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals". Nigerian immigrants in South Africa are often poor and are blamed for an increase in crime. The VoxPop segments were obtained by asking locals for their opinions on Nigerian immigrants. The cannibalism is actually inspired by the treatment of albinos in Tanzania.

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* BannedInChina: UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}} has banned the movie because it "portrays Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals". Nigerian immigrants in South Africa are often poor and are blamed for an increase in crime. The VoxPop VoxPops segments were obtained by asking locals for their opinions on Nigerian immigrants. The cannibalism is actually inspired by the treatment of albinos in Tanzania.
21st Apr '15 1:05:36 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The South Africans participating in the VoxPop segments didn't realize they were being filmed about space aliens. They were asked their opinion on Nigerian immigrants, and their comments were edited to make it seem like they're complaining about the prawns.

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** The South Africans participating in the VoxPop segments VoxPops didn't realize they were being filmed about space aliens. They were asked their opinion on Nigerian immigrants, and their comments were edited to make it seem like they're complaining about the prawns.
21st Apr '15 12:18:29 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* BannedInChina: UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}} has banned the movie because it "portrays Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals". There are some cannibalistic Nigerian gangsters in the film, but it never says ''all'' Nigerians are gangsters. Nigerian immigrants into South Africa are often poor and are blamed for an increase in crime. The cannibalism is actually inspired by the treatment of albinos in Tanzania.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', both competing for the title of ''"HumansAreTheRealMonsters: TheMovie"'' And while not dueling in content, it was one of three films released in the fall/winter of 2009 with "Nine" in the title, causing a little confusion among the less attentive of moviegoers.

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* BannedInChina: UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}} has banned the movie because it "portrays Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals". There are some cannibalistic Nigerian gangsters in the film, but it never says ''all'' Nigerians are gangsters. Nigerian immigrants into in South Africa are often poor and are blamed for an increase in crime.crime. The VoxPop segments were obtained by asking locals for their opinions on Nigerian immigrants. The cannibalism is actually inspired by the treatment of albinos in Tanzania.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', both competing for the title of ''"HumansAreTheRealMonsters: TheMovie"'' And while not dueling in content, it It was one of three films released in the fall/winter of 2009 with "Nine" in the title, causing a little confusion among the less attentive of moviegoers.



** The South Africans participating in the ''vox populi'' segments didn't realize they were being filmed about space aliens. They were asked their opinion on Nigerian immigrants, and their comments were edited to make it seem like they're complaining about the prawns.

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** The South Africans participating in the ''vox populi'' VoxPop segments didn't realize they were being filmed about space aliens. They were asked their opinion on Nigerian immigrants, and their comments were edited to make it seem like they're complaining about the prawns.



* NetworkToTheRescue: The film's entire ''existence'' is this trope. Neill Blomkamp was Peter Jackson's choice to helm the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' film. When the budget of that reached $145 million, the studios canned it. Jackson then went to Blomkamp and essentially said "Sorry that didn't work out, here's $30 million, go have fun." It also counts as a complete [[AvertedTrope avoidance]] of ExecutiveMeddling. Jackson knew exactly what Neill was capable of and wanted him to do whatever he wanted, knowing it would be awesome.

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* NetworkToTheRescue: The film's entire ''existence'' is this trope. Neill Blomkamp was Peter Jackson's choice to helm the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' film. When the budget of that reached $145 million, the studios canned it. Jackson then went to gave Blomkamp $30 million and essentially said "Sorry that didn't work out, here's $30 million, go have fun." It also counts as virtual ''carte blanche'' to make a complete [[AvertedTrope avoidance]] movie of ExecutiveMeddling. Jackson knew exactly what Neill was capable of and wanted him to do whatever he wanted, knowing it would be awesome.his choosing.



* WordOfGod: The fluid? [[spoiler:It's actually a nanite solution used for fixing things.]]

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* WordOfGod: The fluid? [[spoiler:It's actually fluid is [[spoiler:actually a nanite solution used for fixing things.]]
21st Mar '15 7:24:05 PM Neakal
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** The South African Rap band DieAntwoord are friends of Blomkamp and were supposed to be cast in this film but scheduling difficulties got in the way and they ended up being cast in {{Chappie}}. One wonders how different the film would have been, given their (somewhat) sympathetic presentation in {{Chappie}} in comparison to the utterly ruthless gangsters in District 9.
3rd Nov '14 11:45:13 PM Tuckerscreator
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* FanNickname: Christopher's son is referred to as either "C.J." or "Oliver" in most works of fandom, despite having no apparent canon name. The DVD subtitles give his name as "Little C.J." The name Oliver can actually be considered canon, as it was mentioned in [[http://mnuspreadslies.com/post.php?id=45 this post to Christopher's blog]] that he [[spoiler:had]] two children, named Oliver and Sherry.

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* FanNickname: Christopher's son is referred to as either "C.J." or "Oliver" in most works of fandom, despite having no apparent canon name. The DVD subtitles give his name as "Little C.J." The name Oliver can actually be considered canon, as it was mentioned in [[http://mnuspreadslies.com/post.php?id=45 this post to Christopher's blog]] that he [[spoiler:had]] had two children, named Oliver and Sherry.
7th Jun '14 1:15:44 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* FanNickname: Christopher's son is referred to as either "C.J." or "Oliver" in most works of fandom, despite having no apparent canon name. The DVD subtitles give his name as "Little C.J." The name Oliver can actually be considered canon, as it was mentioned in [[http://mnuspreadslies.com/post.php?id=45 this post to Christopher's blog]] that he [[spoiler: had]] two children, named Oliver and Sherry.

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* FanNickname: Christopher's son is referred to as either "C.J." or "Oliver" in most works of fandom, despite having no apparent canon name. The DVD subtitles give his name as "Little C.J." The name Oliver can actually be considered canon, as it was mentioned in [[http://mnuspreadslies.com/post.php?id=45 this post to Christopher's blog]] that he [[spoiler: had]] [[spoiler:had]] two children, named Oliver and Sherry.



** Originally, Blomkamp and Jackson were attempting to adapt [[HaloCombatEvolved Halo]] into a movie. When that [[DevelopmentHell fell through]], they went with this instead.

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** Originally, Blomkamp and Jackson were attempting to adapt [[HaloCombatEvolved Halo]] ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' into a movie. When that [[DevelopmentHell fell through]], they went with this instead.
15th Apr '14 9:56:12 AM fq
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* EnforcedMethodActing: The South Africans participating in the ''vox populi'' segments didn't realize they were being filmed about space aliens. They were asked their opinion on Nigerian immigrants, and their comments were edited to make it seem like they're complaining about the prawns.
** Obesanjo's "Holy shit!" reaction when Wikus shoots the gangster - actor Eugene Khumbanyiwa was not prepared for the strength of the air compressors that blew out the side of the shack.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: BannedInChina: UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}} has banned the movie because it "portrays Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals". There are some cannibalistic Nigerian gangsters in the film, but it never says ''all'' Nigerians are gangsters. Nigerian immigrants into South Africa are often poor and are blamed for an increase in crime. The cannibalism is actually inspired by the treatment of albinos in Tanzania.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', both competing for the title of ''"HumansAreTheRealMonsters: TheMovie"'' And while not dueling in content, it was one of three films released in the fall/winter of 2009 with "Nine" in the title, causing a little confusion among the less attentive of moviegoers.
* EnforcedMethodActing:
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The South Africans participating in the ''vox populi'' segments didn't realize they were being filmed about space aliens. They were asked their opinion on Nigerian immigrants, and their comments were edited to make it seem like they're complaining about the prawns.
** Obesanjo's "Holy shit!" reaction when Wikus shoots the gangster - actor Eugene Khumbanyiwa was not prepared for the strength of the air compressors that blew out the side of the shack.shack.
* FanNickname: Christopher's son is referred to as either "C.J." or "Oliver" in most works of fandom, despite having no apparent canon name. The DVD subtitles give his name as "Little C.J." The name Oliver can actually be considered canon, as it was mentioned in [[http://mnuspreadslies.com/post.php?id=45 this post to Christopher's blog]] that he [[spoiler: had]] two children, named Oliver and Sherry.
* NamesTheSame: Located nowhere near [[Literature/TheHungerGames the District 9 where grain and wheat are grown in Panem]].
* NetworkToTheRescue: The film's entire ''existence'' is this trope. Neill Blomkamp was Peter Jackson's choice to helm the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' film. When the budget of that reached $145 million, the studios canned it. Jackson then went to Blomkamp and essentially said "Sorry that didn't work out, here's $30 million, go have fun." It also counts as a complete [[AvertedTrope avoidance]] of ExecutiveMeddling. Jackson knew exactly what Neill was capable of and wanted him to do whatever he wanted, knowing it would be awesome.
* RealitySubtext: Comes from the quote "if they were from another country, maybe we would understand" in the first half. Maybe intentional, maybe not, but it's hard to deny. In May 2008, ([[{{Irony}} black]]) South Africans rioted to expel Zimbabweans (primarily) as well as Malawians and Mozambicans from the country, or hack them to death with machetes--whichever. At least two people died and many more were injured. Thousands of people left the country, while others were deported, and there's still (as there has been for decades) an underlying nationalist sentiment. So yeah, no.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Originally, Blomkamp and Jackson were attempting to adapt [[HaloCombatEvolved Halo]] into a movie. When that [[DevelopmentHell fell through]], they went with this instead.
** Five different endings were shot. One of them was apparently so embarrassing neither Blomkamp nor Copley will say a thing about it, with Blomkamp stating, "No one will ever see that ending." The only thing known about it at this point was that Copley got very, very dirty in the process.
* WordOfGod: The fluid? [[spoiler:It's actually a nanite solution used for fixing things.]]
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