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The Somnambulists

  • 2011
  • UK
  • 76 min
  • Directed by: Richard Jobson
  • Cast: Jack O'Connell, Steven Robertson, Jonathan Kerrigan

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The latest film from Richard Jobson is a piercing cry of a rage against Britain's part in the war in Iraq. Inspired by Joanna Kane's 2008 exhibition, The Somnambulists is an inventive, heartfelt production that confronts the viewer with actors delivering fifteen intense testimonies of British men and women who served in the deathtrap of Basra. Captured against stark black backdrops, the dead tel tales of anger, hatred, suicide and despair. Those left behind are depicted with loving fondness but the film is primarily a powerful, biting attack on the madness of conflict and on the shame of a nation seemingly content to sleepwalk into war. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Great Scots.

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