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UK Premiere of Wayland’s Song.

Fri 20th September- 7pm – Kirkcaldy Film Festival- Adam Smith Theatre
£7.50 (£6.50) Festival Pass: Entry to every film and event over the three days: £48 (£40)

Starring Michael Nardone, Orla Brady, Rob James-Collier

Born in Kirkcaldy, brought up in Ballingry, Richard Jobson became a punk icon as the teenage singer of The Skids. But in recent years, it’s as a film director – and one at the very cutting edge of digital technology – that he’s made his mark.

His latest feature, premiering at the Kirkcaldy Film Festival and made using cloud-based Adobe software, is a gripping parable of our times. Wayland (Ballingry native Michael Nardone) returns home injured from service in Afghanistan only to discover that his daughter has vanished without a trace. As he’s drawn into a quest to find her, he ends up on a journey in search of his own damaged soul.

Part of Kirkcaldy Film Festival 2013, download the full programme of films and events here.


The Skids Live 2010

Starring The Skids, Ian Rankin, The Gospel Truth Choir

20th September 9.45pm – Kirkcaldy Film Festival – Adam Smith Theatre
£7.50 (£6.50) Festival Pass: Entry to every film and event over the three days: £48 (£40)

Three years ago legendary punk band The Skids reformed for a gig in their old stomping ground of Dunfermline. With lead singer Richard Jobson now better known for his filmwork than his music, it’s no surprise that the concert was recorded by Jobson’s regular film making team and spliced together with an onstage interview carried out by novelist Ian Rankin.

The result is amust for fans:not only is Jobson particularly candid about the band’s early days, but that set list – Working For The Yankee Dollar, Into The Valley, The Saints Are Coming,Masquerade –speaks for itself. It’s been out on DVD for a while… but is a must to view on the big screen.

Richard Jobson will introduce this screening.

Part of Kirkcaldy Film Festival 2013, download the full programme of films and events here.


The SomnambulistsNow available to pre-order from Amazon CLICK HERE

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  • Directors: Richard Jobson
  • Format:PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. )
  • Number of discs:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio:No Bad Films
  • DVD Release Date:30 April 2012
  • The Somnambulists [DVD]

The World Premiere of THE SOMNAMBULISTS is on Friday 14 October with additional screenings on Saturday 15 and Monday 17 October
Tickets go on sale to the public Monday 26 September via the BFI website (

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Richard Jobson’s new film THE SOMNAMBULISTS surrounds 15 testimonies from British
servicemen and women who were involved in the Iraq conflict in Basra.
They have a ghostly presence as they talk about their experiences in a near documentary
style, after each testimony the camera glides into the lives that might have been and the
people they left behind.
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 we who were sleep walking in the build up to the war and its tragic
The story was heavily influenced by the work of photographer Joanna Kane who’s
exhibition The Somnambulists at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery left Jobson deeply
impressed by it’s haunting vision of the space between life and death.
The Somnambulists is produced by Richard Jobson and Alan McKenna for No Bad Films.
The Somnambulists was shot using the Canon 5Dmk2 and 7D

The Somnambulists on the BFI Website:

Richard Jobson’s committed, imaginative response to our collective apathy to the war in Iraq.

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.

Sandra Hebron

Original article from the Bedford Today website
Thanks to Justin from Bedford for pointing this out

A FILM crew has been stationed at various locations in Bedford shooting a movie that is set to be released at cinemas nationwide next year.

Former singer of The Skids, Richard Jobson, who is now a successful filmmaker, is the writer and director behind the film called The Somnambulists, which tells the story of 15 soldiers who died in the Iraq war, and what they left behind.

Filming has been taking place in different locations in Bedford for the last several weeks, and on the last day of filming the Times & Citizen were given exclusive access to the crew on location.

The film tells the testimonials of 15 soldiers who lost their lives in the Iraq conflict, and delves into the lives they lost.

Mr Jobson, who lives in Toddington, decided to shoot a number of scenes in Bedford as he regularly visits the town with his son, who attends Bedford Modern School.

He said: “I have a real fondness for Bedford, my son attends school here and we regularly come here at the weekend to the market and the river. I was going to shoot the scenes in Scotland, but I realised that Bedford has all of the things that Scotland has to offer.

“I felt very angry about the Iraq war and this is a reflection of that. People just seem to have forgotten all about it, we were sleepwalked into that war.

“People will probably think its the characters that are the somnambulists, but it’s actually the audience.

On Friday the crew finished its filming in Bedford at Michael R Peters in Tavistock Street, The Piazza, a council flat and Harrowden Middle School.

Managing director at Michael R Peters Paul Mead said: “They only approached us a couple of days ago with the idea of shooting outside the shop. It’s quite exciting for us and a great chance for us to get our name out there. It’s a great opportunity for Bedford as well.”

The Skids frontman is to host acting and filming workshops at the next digital cinema event.Richard Jobson Film Workshops at Converge Point Three

Converge.3 at the NFT on March 1st and 2nd brings together the leading lights of the HDSLR world. From Philip Bloomʼs expansive and ground breaking images to the ground breaking award winning documentary world of Danfung Dennis, the two day festival is a mixture of inspirational talks and workshops. Festival organisers James Stoneley and Sol Rogers, say that “The Convergence movement is a gathering storm that neither the cinema and or photography world can ignore. People like Kevin Shahinian have invented a new genre of docu-drama that is setting standards we never knew were possible. “
 The workshops will contain everything from creative lens work with the likes of Feature Film DOP Simon Dennis to learning how to take Final Cut Pro to a new level.


 Director, Richard Jobson will hold an acting workshop breaking down a scene and showing how he would film it.
 He says “Convergence is freedom to control and create a new type of narrative. Convergence is changing the face of how we all think and work and those who apply the technology to their ambition will be the ones who succeed the most. Convergence is the answer.”

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