The Somnambulists by Richard Jobson

In a world dictated to and dominated by the selling of product it’s empowering to see ‘The Somnabulists’ a self financed film directed by Richard Jobson.
Enraged by our general apathy towards the war in Iraq the film is a dramatization of events inspired by the testimonies of British servicemen and women who were directly involved in the conflict in Basra.
Challenging and thought provoking it gives voice and life back to those that have lost theirs in the hope that we will waken from our slumbered acceptance of the untold damage and consequence of war.
Numbed by media saturated images and increasingly shocking content this film is simple, stark and bold in the message it conveys. As each ‘soldier’ talks about their experiences the camera glides into the lives that might have been and the people they left behind to paint a visual and emotional picture that remains with you long after the final harrowing scene.
As Jobson says ‘Like many people I was angered by the Iraq war and like most people did nothing about it. This is my response to that apathy. In the film although it appears that the speakers are the ghostly presence it is, in fact, we the audience who are the Somnambulists. It is us who were sleep walking in the build up to the war and its tragic aftermath.’

Meeting up with Richard Jobson I’ve been privileged to preview this film several times and I urge you all to go to
The World Premiere of THE SOMNAMBULISTS on Friday 14 October with additional screenings on Saturday 15 and Monday 17 October at the 55th BFI London Film Festival 2011

The Somnambulists ‘Trailer’ from Steven Sander on Vimeo.

converge film festival 2011

delighted to say that I made the top 3 films with ‘The Hardest Fight’ as shown at the Converge Film Festival held at the British Film Institute down on South Bank, 1st & 2nd March 2011.
Gutted I couldn’t be there to see it in person but apparently it was very well received by the audience and held up well on the big screen…Still can’t quite believe that this, my very first short film, is getting such great feedback from the HDDSLR community. Thanks so much guys – really appreciate it!!!!

Overall winner went to Jason Wingrove for his short 10/10/10 about the all year round open air swimming pool at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

Congrats to all and I feel honoured to have been included in such highly respected company!!!

Special thanks to James Stoneley for keeping me updated. Cheers mate!!!

the hardest fight – from stills to motion

Have just finished my first short film The Hardest Fight and it’s getting a great reaction so, if you have 3 minutes spare in your day, do take a look

HDDSLR hero Vincent Laforet (no less!!!!) just gave me the thumbs up and I’m really psyched!!!!

“Fantastic location and story – very very nice – v”

Also on YouTube

If you don’t already know the work of Vincent Laforet – both as a photographer and a film maker then be sure to check out his site

What I respect most about him is that he is NOT afraid to share information so that others get the inspiration to go make the leap into motion & try it for themselves!!!!!!!

Enjoy what’s left of the summer