Director’s Statement


DirectorThe Nomophobe explores a theme that has fascinated me for several years: the obsession we have with our smartphones.

Ever since Apple unveiled the iPhone, phones have evolved at an exponential rate across all brands – each of them trying to outdo their nearest competitor. Consumers are still divided on size, but not functionality. Our smartphone needs to do everything our computer can do. This need for speed means today’s modern smartphones have processor clocks 32,000 times faster than the Apollo computers that put man on the moon. Processing instructions 120 million times faster than these space era NASA computers, has seen our pockets containing power beyond the imagination of our ancestors.

Yet this speed and impressive functionality means nothing without a phone signal. No matter what network we have chosen, we share the frustration of not having a signal. This could be for a simple message, or browsing the internet. At various times throughout our day, our phone will go dark. It will inadvertently shut us off from those trying to reach us, and those we are desperately trying to connect with ourselves. The loss of signal changes our mood as the calmness dissipates into a million pieces searching for our signal.

It is at times like these that the most extraordinary society change emerges: many of us do not press the ‘call’ button. We have become so entrenched with messages, through social media, texts, and apps, that we spend less time using the phone to actually talk to people. The voice is no longer an audible comfort, it now a message on a screen.


This film will be shot in a succession of beautifully lit scenes during our shoot. From the family home, to the expanse of London, the story of The Nomophobe will unfold across this fifteen minute short film, which audiences will be able to experience during The Nomophobe’s film festival campaign.