Eyewell AB and Richard Hobert have engaged Derek Power to represent Hobert’s powerful film ‘The Birdcatcher’s Son’ for sales in North America. Set on the dramatic Faroe Islands between Sweden and Scotland is an extraordinarily rich and compelling film of a story based on historical truth brilliantly written and directed by Hobert.

Santa Barbara Film Fest Names 2020 Winners

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has wrapped for 2020, concluding a slate that featured more than 120 world and American premieres, panels, tributes, and education programs.

The festival has announced its award winners for the 35th edition, including the Audience Award, which went to Richard Hobert’s “The Birdcatcher’s Son.”

The films were chosen by jury members Max Barbakow, Jason Baffa, Lisa Black, Alex Carter, Geoff Green, Paul Kurta, Perry Lang, Artie Schmidt, Rita Taggart, Diego Tinoco, John Williams, and Anthony and Annette Zerbe.

A masterpiece! One of the most beautiful and well-made films I have experienced for many years. Skillfully and tenderly directed by Richard Hobert. Beautiful cinematography, fascinating locations, brilliant actors and an amazing, captivating story.”


It’s the late 1800’s and a bird catcher- Esmar- and his wife Johanna are trying to survive on their leased farm above the dramatic cliffs of the Faroe Islands. Local law dictates that unless they have a son, an heir to their leasehold, they will be evicted. When, with time on the lease running out, Johanna gives birth to their third daughter, they become desperate.

A friend, Livia, the local innkeeper, suggests that the only chance left for Johanna to have a son, is for him to be fathered by another man. It’s unthinkable, but they have been pushed to the brink. Surprisingly Esmar chooses Livia’s lover – the French Captain — to do the deed, but none of them can foretell the ultimate consequences.

Directed by Richard Hobert

Richard Hobert triumphs. Everything works. Fantastic actors. A breakthrough for Rudi Köhnke. A well-told story with sensitive direction. Enchanting production design. Fascinating cinematography. Perfect sound design.”

Richard Hobert is a playwright, screenwriter, producer and film director. He was awarded the Ingmar Bergman Prize, chosen by Bergman himself, in 1995. Richard´s career started in television where he wrote and directed ten TV-features. Since 1993 he has written and directed twelve theatrical feature films, among them Everyone Loves Alice, winner of the Best Foreign Film Award at the Hollywood International Film Festival and One-way to Antibes, which introduced a rising Hollywood star: Rebecca Ferguson.