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Australia, 2012 (MIFF 2013, MIFF Premiere Fund,Night Shift)

Director: Mark Hartley

''There's enough nods and touches in there for people who love the original, and we're reverent to it, but we're certainly not making the same film. It's very much our own.'' – Mark Hartley

Patrick, a young coma patient, has been lying in a hospital bed for years, unable to communicate with anyone. When a beautiful nurse catches his eye, Patrick's latent psychic powers begin to emerge, and soon threaten the lives of everyone in the hospital.

Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Mark Hartley moves into the realm of fiction, remaking the 1978 Ozploitation classic he so famously celebrated in his 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood (MIFF 2008). With a cast including Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Sharni Vinson (You're Next, MIFF 2013), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Damon Gameau (Balibo, MIFF 2009), Patrick is a confronting horror that pays tribute to its predecessor as it reinvents it for the 21st century.

World Premiere.

Mark Hartley and cast are guests of the festival.

D Mark Hartley P Antony I Ginnane S Justin King Dist Umbrella Entertainment TD DCP/2012

Open Captions will appear on the screen for the duration of the film on Friday 9 August. 

To reserve an Audio Description device for the screening on Friday 9 August please contact the Box Office via email, phone 03 9662 3722 or through the National Relay Service on 133 677 then 03 9662 3722.

Read an extended Senses of Cinema dossier on Patrick here. Or read our interview with Mark Hartley.

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