Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 - Insight Communications

Sterling Cinema revealed its internationally acclaimed feature film OBSERVANCE has a new theatrical trailer and poster as they announced the film will be released in Australia by Umbrella Entertainment with its Australian Premiere set for Sunday the 3rd of April as a FilmInk Presents screening at the Randwick Ritz followed by a limited theatrical run nationwide.


The 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 produced on the director’s credit card and filmed over 11 days during the hottest heat wave in Sydney’s history, 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.





  • Filmink Presents Australian Premiere

Date: April 3, 2016

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Randwick Ritz, 45 St Pauls St, Randwick Nsw

Tickets: http://www.ritzcinema.com.au/Promotion/Observance-Australian-Premiere

  • Golden Age Cinema

Date: April 8, 2016

Time: 9.00pm

Location: Golden Age Cinema, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills

Tickets: http://ourgoldenage.com.au/


  • Gold Coast Film Festival

Date: April 8, 2016

Location: Gold Coast Arts Theatre

Tickets: Http://Www.Gcfilmfestival.Com/Tickets/

  • Gold Coast Film Festival

Date: April 9, 2016

Location: BCC Cinemas Coolangatta

Tickets: Http://Www.Gcfilmfestival.Com/Tickets/

  • Brisbane - To Be Announced


  • Screenings To Be Announced


  • Screenings To Be Announced

WEB: www.observancemovie.com  MEDIA CENTRE: www.observancemovie.com/media-centre FB: https://www.facebook.com/observancemovie        #ObservanceMovie

THEATRICAL TRAILER:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_S6XKT6DyY  


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