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Synopsis: Atmospherically creepy and visually unnerving, Australia’s Joseph Sims-Dennett’s startling feature film debut follows Parker, a young man in the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, but who reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. His assignment it to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, and as her watches bizarre happenings surrounding her, he slowly becomes aware that the derelict building he is in has a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him. A frightening horror tale of a man spiraling into madness and reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s THE TENANT, Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW, and the works of David Cronenberg and David Lynch.


Psychological Horror





Run Time

90 minutes


Lindsay Farris
Stephanie King
Brendan Cowell
John Jarratt
Benedict Hardie
Tom O'Sullivan
Roger Ward

Directed by

Joseph Sims-Dennett

Produced by

Joseph Sims-Dennett
Josh Zammit

Official selection

BFI London Film Festival - UK - 2015

Fantasia Film Festival - Canada - 2015

Vancouver International Film Festival - Canada - 2015

Ottawa International Film Festival - Canada - 2015


"One of the most chilling experiences." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Sheer ambient dread." - Indiewire

"Joseph Sims-Dennett's OBSERVANCE brings the paranoid housebound sensibilities of Polanski's "Apartment Trilogy" to the 21st century."
- Sight & Sound -

"One of the best and most unique works of horror." - Bloody Disgusting

“Ambitious, dreamlike Lynchian tale that borrows from REAR WINDOW and THE CONVERSATION."
- Jason Gorber -

“A suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat thriller." - Twitch Film

“Original terror and suspense aren't dead yet." - Cinapse E

“We're no longer in the cinema, we're trapped in the apartment questioning our own memory and sanity." - Moviefail

“The very definition of psychological horror." - The Critic Man

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5.1 Dolby Digital

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