As a young visual-effects artist, Blomkamp enhanced the look of American television shows such as "Smallville" and "Dark Angel." He also distinguished himself as a sought-after director of commercials for clients such as Nike and Microsoft.
In 2009, Blomkamp delivered a feature-length stunner with the visually arresting District 9, a futuristic allegory based on real events in apartheid-era South Africa. The film received an Academy Award nod for Best Picture and earned him shared Oscar and BAFTA nominations (with Terri Tatchell) for Best Adapted Screenplay, along with a BAFTA nod as Best Director.
In this dystopian thriller set in 2159, the wealthiest humans move to a fabulous private space station, while life on Earth grows ever more grim. With no other options, an ex-con agrees to join a risky mission to bring balance to the two worlds.