We all enjoy a bit of wierdness I’m sure, which is why when the line-up for the cult strand at this year’s London Film Festival was announced, Joseph Sims-Dennett’s Australian offering Observance was one that jumped off the page for us.

Here’s the synopsis, which hints at something that is aimed squarely at getting you thinking:

Reeling from the recent death of his young son and subsequent disintegration of his marriage, Parker attempts to get his life on track, accepting a surveillance job that sees him take residence in a run-down apartment. With instructions only to spy on a woman living opposite, but without any real sense of why, Parker begins to fear for her safety. Meanwhile, his health appears to be taking a gradual turn for the worse. And just what is that jar of black ooze that seems to be growing in the corner of the room? Trading in questions rather than answers, Joseph Sims-Dennett’s surrealist horror head-scratcher defies easy categorisation, resulting in an experience that can be both exhilarating and exasperating at the same time. Try picturing David Cronenberg remaking Rear Window by way of Shane Carruth, and you might get some sense of what is going on here – but not quite. In fact, you might not ever really know.

Sims-Dennett has but one feature to his name (2010’s Bad Behaviour), while lead Lindsay Farris is more known for his TV work (although he did star in Bad Behaviour), so the whole thing is a bit of an unknown quantity.

But here’s the trailer anyways (the film plays the LFF on October 12 & 14), which certainly got us interested:


Observance plays at the festival on October 12 and 14.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle