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A young woman played by Stephanie King peeks through a door in the Australian thriller Observance


ACMI and FilmInk present

Observance + Q&A

Unclassified 18+
Adult Concepts

12 Apr

Grieving following the death of his young son, Parker reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator, observing a woman from an abandoned apartment. Unsure of whether he’s losing his mind, Parker soon witnesses bizarre happenings, unaware that the derelict building that he surveys her from has birthed a dark presence that slowly threatens to consume him.

Screening followed by a Q&A with director Joseph Sims-Dennett.

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  • Having taken the international film festival circuit by storm, including the Fantasia Film Festival and London Film Festival, Joseph Sims-Dennett’s intense, trippy and wholly unforgettable Sydney-shot thriller is finally being unleashed at home.

    Close to bankruptcy and wracked with grief over the death of his young son, private investigator Parker (Lindsay Farris) returns to work. The brief is simple: watch a young woman, in her apartment and report back.

    Parker, however, soon starts noticing strange happenings that have him fearing for the safety of the woman – and himself. His anxiety rises and a fever takes hold. In a moment of lucidity, Parker grasps that he’s been planted in the apartment for an ulterior purpose and attempts to leave. But escape might prove impossible.

    “Joseph Sims-Dennett’s Observance brings the paranoid housebound sensibilities of Polanski’s Apartment Trilogy into the twenty-first century.” Sight & Sound

    “One of the best and most unique works of horror this year.” Bloody Disgusting