On Tuesday 8 March 2016, I attended the Sony Picture Theatrette in Market Street Sydney to watch the media preview of the movie OBSERVANCE.
The film will be released by Umbrella Entertainment with its Australian Premiere set for Sunday 3 April 2016 at the Randwick Ritz followed by a limited theatrical run nationwide.
This Joseph Sims-Dennett film has toured the global festival circuit including the BFI London Film Festival and Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival where it met with critical acclaim with The Hollywood Reporter describing the film as “One of the most chilling experiences,” Bloody-Disgusting proclaiming it to be “the best and most unique work of horror this year” and IndieWire stating “for sheer ambient dread, it’s aces”.
Australian director Sims-Dennett said, “The worldwide response to our small, personal, micro-budget film has been extraordinary – to have your work likened to that of Polanski, Lynch and Hitchcock, three directors I greatly admire, by respected publications like Sight & Sound and reviewers including Jason Gorber is both humbling and exciting, and yet also rather daunting.”
The independent film was produced on the director’s credit card and filmed over 11 days during the hottest heat wave in Sydney’s history. It has been a labour of love for the director which has started to pay off by taking the thriller/horror film genre world by storm.
Sight & Sound named OBSERVANCE as it’s number one film in the BFI London Film Festival’s Cult Strand, describing the film as “an intriguing, elliptical enigma” and that “Joseph Sims-Dennett’s OBSERVANCE brings the paranoid housebound sensibilities of Polanski’s ‘apartment trilogy’ into the twenty-first century”.
OBSERVANCE, a psychological thriller, tells of a private investigator embarking on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, and while witnessing bizarre happenings surrounding her, is unaware the derelict building that he surveys her from has birthed a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him.
OBSERVANCE stars Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King, Benedict Hardie, Tom O’Sullivan, Brendan Cowell and features John Jarratt and Roger Ward. Sterling Cinema’s Sims-Dennett and Josh Zammit wrote and produced the film with Umbrella Entertainment distributing in Australia, Artsploitation in North America and Shoreline Entertainment managing international sales.
For more information about the movie, go to: http://observancemovie.com/