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New Neill Blomkamp movie was 'secretly' filmed in the Okanagan during COVID

Neill Blomkamp is an academy award nominated creator of District 9 and Elysium. His latest movie, Demonic, was release August 20.
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August 27, 2021 - 7:00 AM

A top Hollywood film director chose the Okanagan to film his latest movie.

Neill Blomkamp, director of Best Picture Oscar-nominated District 9, as well as Chappie and Elysium, was planning to shoot his indie sci-fi film 'Demonic' in New Mexico, but when COVID changed everything, he decided to shoot it near his new home in the Okanagan, where he moved from Vancouver, he told Los Angeles Daily News.

The South African director wrote the movie and has a much different feel from his other films, opting for a lower budget independent film, his first in six years.

IMDb says it was 'secretly filmed' in the Okanagan, but that was perhaps because it simply slipped under the public radar during the pandemic.

The movie was released Aug. 20 and is available now on video demand and digital rental, though you will have hunt around to find it, depending on which services you use. It's available through iTunes and Amazon Prime Video but not on Netflix yet.

The trailer shows plenty of scenes from around the Okanagan that will be familiar to readers.

"The brooding British Columbia landscape, with its undulating dark waters and encircling gloomy mountains, do a lot to set the unsettled mood, and the depopulated area, under-lighting and slow windup plant a question mark or two in your head," the New York Times said in its review

The distinctive scenery of the Okanagan can be seen in this screenshot of the movie trailer for Demonic.
The distinctive scenery of the Okanagan can be seen in this screenshot of the movie trailer for Demonic.
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The plot has heroine Carly, played by Carly Pope, entering a virtual-world simulation that puts her in contact with her comatose serial-killer mother, according to a review by The Guardian. There she encounters a demon and other super-natural perils on the mind-bending quest.

Jon Summerland of the Kelowna Film Commission did not respond to calls for comment.


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