SOMNUS follows the crew of an aging cargo ship on their final mission working the monotonous Earth-Mars shipping route. Malfunctions aboard the ship force a change off course to Somnus, a remote asteroid colony. The crew soon discovers the inhabitants of the colony have a dark past, and troubling plans for the future of mankind.
The film is inspired by the iconic work of Douglas Trumbull in such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Reading stuck to practical techniques and shot with models and on location as much as possible. The interiors of SOMNUS space ship setting were shot in decommissioned military aircraft at the East Midland Aeropark with the help of enthusiastic volunteers there.