Last night was the UK premiere of the Somnambulists at The Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square. This is the feature film I shot earlier in the year for director, Richard Jobson, which I wrote about here.
It was packed house and I’m very delighted to say the film got a fantastic reception from the audience. It was so weird to see our hard work up there on the big screen and in such a prestigious setting. In the screen next to us Hugh Jackman was screening his own premiere for Real Steel!! It was a very surreal evening to say the least.
It’s received some high praise:
Created as a response to our collective apathy to the war in Iraq, this new film marks something of an intriguing departure for Richard Jobson. Inspired by the photographs of Joanna Kane, whose haunting work explores the space between life and death, Jobson has gathered together the testimonies of servicemen and women participating in the conflict in Basra. Contributors are starkly but effectively filmed against a black backdrop, so we concentrate on their words, without distraction. Between these semi-documentary portraits are poetic fragments, glimpses of the lives they have left behind or might have had. Regular soldiers, a bomb disposal expert, a couple of medics and a commanding officer all bear witness to the recurring themes of the conflict: heat, dust, confusion, bravery, camaraderie, vulnerability, terror, loss. For the most part these are ordinary people sent to do an extraordinary job, and varied as their testimonies are, their cumulative effect leaves little doubt of the human cost and tragedy of this war. Jobson is a filmmaker who always works at the cutting edge of technology; here he uses that craft to powerful and memorable effect.
The film is now off around the world to many other film festivals so it may be a while yet before anyone else in the UK gets to see it. Boo! But as soon as it is released I’ll be posting up a link here.