Observance

Observance (2015)

Frist published by Little White Lies, as the 19th part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column ‘Observance’ is an equivocal term, referring equally to acts of surveillance and of religious ritual – and in Joseph Sims-Dennett‘s Observance, these two meanings merge into a fluid unity, as the boundaries break down between ‘mystery’ as both genre category…

Joseph Sims-Dennett: the therapy of Observance

In Joseph Sims-Dennett’s nightmarish Observance, grieving Parker (Lindsay Farris) moves into a dingy apartment to  surveil a woman, Tenneal (Stephanie King), who lives opposite, even as he begins to doubt both the motives of those who have hired him, and his own perceptions. The film is both occult ghost story and psychodrama, in which we’re never quite…

Observance (2015)

Longer version of piece published by Sight & Sound as part of coverage of the Cult programme at the London Film Festival 2015 “Just watch and report back. That simple.” Still grieving the death of his son after a prolonged illness, and the dissolution of his marriage in the aftermath, Parker (Lindsay Farris) takes on a…