Showing posts with label Patrick. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Patrick. Show all posts

Thursday, September 26, 2013

PATRICK Q&A with Mark Hartley

Sydneysiders, Popcorn Taxi is hosting a screening of Mark Hartley's Patrick remake on October 9. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Hartley and producer Antony Ginnane. 

Mark is of course the local hero behind the awesome documentaries Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed! and the upcoming Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, and I'm really pulling for him to kill it on his first horror feature (It's been getting some positive reviews out of Fantastic Fest this week!).

For anyone familiar with Aussie exploitation, Antony Ginnane's name should sound familiar too, having produced a ton of movies including Richard Franklin's original Patrick back in 1978. He also produced one of my favourite '90's movies, the Peter Weller starring SF/horror hybrid Screamers, which was adapted from a Phillip K. Dick story by the late, great Dan O'Bannon. 

Just like Craven's The Hills Have Eyes and Alex Aja's superior redux, I think Patrick is prime material for a remake. Although I'm fond of Franklin's '78 film, there's definitely plenty of room to expand and improve on the original's ideas and execution.

Patrick 2013's talent in front of the camera is looking good too. It's nice to see Sharni Vinson in another horror flick so soon after impressing in You're Next, and Charles Dance, so good in Game Of Thrones, will surely make a satisfyingly menacing mad doctor. Yeah, Patrick's gonna fuck him up.

I wish I was going to this myself, but I'll be at the VAARALLINEN show that night instead. For those inclined, details of the Patrick screening can be found here.

Monday, April 4, 2011


Just a quick note to say that I'm moving into hospital tomorrow for four weeks of chemo and a stem cell transplant, so this is probably my last post until the first week of May. It'll be a new and interesting experience for me, because throughout my years of treatment, I've always been an outpatient. I'll have my laptop with me, however I'm not sure if there's any wifi access (we're talking public hospital here), but regardless I'll probably be feeling too shite to bother writing anyway.

I've been saving up some good reading for the occasion: Iain M. Banks' new Culture novel Surface Detail (I'm a huge fan); the first book in Joe Haldeman's new "Mars series", Marsbound; and Charles Burns' Black Hole which I've been wanting to read for years! As for viewing, I'll be sinking my teeth into The Wire season 3 and Deadwood season 3 - another couple of things I needed to catch up on.

I'll leave you, my friends, with this clip from a truly underrated classic, Dead & Buried (written by the dynamic duo of Shusett & O'Bannon). I hope my nurses treat me better than this evil bitch!