Steve Nethercott-Cable

London-born, former Bournemouth Film School graduate, Steve is a diverse independent film and music video maker, graphic designer, and closet storm-chaser – aka DJ Sunmonkey.

Steve is a strong team-player – skillfully catalyzing and motivating people with tenacious, resourceful determination – evidenced by successful environmental protection campaigns for Greenpeace and the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

In 2007 Steve was commissioned by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Productions Ltd to produce and direct the Short Film ‘Drumming Spirit’, which documented the 25th Anniversary of the WOMAD Music Festival.

In 2007 Steve joined forces with Janet Nethercott-Cable to set up EYEDiA Design – a creative graphic design Partnership, working on promotional videos, marketing and publicity projects. In 2018 EYEDiA evolved into MA’AT Films – to develop our Film Projects.

Steve has completed a Short Film Screenplay ‘Money Talks’, co-written with Janet. MA’AT Films have already shot and produced a 4K Teaser sequence for their Crowdfunding campaign. This film weighs up the value of love over money, sibling rivalry, guilt, bereavement and the consequences of a life-changing Lottery win.

Steve has also co-written a Feature Film Screenplay ‘Schumann’ with Janet, exploring madness, shamanism and the hedonistic thrill ride culture, using industrial techno music as a core atmospheric element. This Screenplay reached the Quarter-Finals of the International Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition 2017. Steve and Janet are currently seeking production funding to develop this project.

Most recent Project is "Spirit of the Downs ~ Perseverance brings Success' - "A captivating short documentary about the people-powered campaign to create public access land at Tenants Hill and Mount Carvey, near Cissbury Ring, West Sussex.

Your project has entered in our festival. What is your project about?
A captivating short documentary about the successful 6 year people-powered campaign to protect and create public access land on ancient, threatened Downland at Tenants Hill and Mount Carvey, near Cissbury Ring, West Sussex, UK.

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What are your ambitions with your project?
Our documentary seeks to inspire others to take on environmental issues by challenging the mindset of politicians and local authorities through positive action.


Tell us something about your shooting? What pleasantly surprised you?
The long-term dedication and passion of all those interviewed.

For what group of spectators is your film targeted?
Anyone who cares about protecting and preserving the natural environment around them.

Why should distributors buy your film?
Because it is a well-documented example of a successful people-powered environmental protection campaign, which can inspire and motivate others to do the same.

How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?
A very personal viewpoint, with a poetic angle - created through use of an atmospheric and evocative musical soundtrack.


Why did you decide to become a filmmaker?
I have always enjoyed documenting my experiences filmically - be they travelogues, my general life experiences or expressions of my beliefs and passions.

Who is your role model?
Luc Besson.

Which movies are your favorites? Why?
Interstellar (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2014) : Highly thought-provoking and imaginative.
The Fifth Element (Dir. Lucky Besson, 1997) : Highly imaginative and very very funny, with brilliantly realised characters.

Leave This World Behind (Dir. Sam Esmail, 2023) : An incredibly thought-provoking and realistic prediction of societal breakdown and the apocalypse.

Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
My own imagination and experience of the world!

Which topics interest you the most?
Geopolitics, ancient history, metaphysics, geology, paranormal.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
Completing our short documentary - 'Spirit of the Downs ~ Perseverance brings Success'!

What do you consider most important about filming?
A good idea! Additionally - you must have endearing characters, whether within a documentary or drama.

Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
For me personally - hand-held, run and gun.

How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
Hollywood films in general seem to be very formulaic, with unoriginal themes and lack of imagination. Film making needs to be ideas-driven, original and thought-provoking to break conventional moulds.

What can disappoint you in a movie?
Poor character development. Badly mixed / constantly too high level intrusive music soundtrack (relative to speech).

Who supports you in your film career?
Friends, family and colleagues.

What are the reactions to your film? (opinion of spectators, film critics, friends and family).
Very positive and congratulatory.

Have you already visited any of the prestigious film festivals?
London BAFTA.

What are your future plans in filmmaking career?
A short documentary about how suicide affects a family. An experimental short drama with the theme of synchronicity. A short drama about how an inheritance can be very divisive within a family. Development of our award-winning sci-fi feature screenplay.