Aussie Cult Classic Gets The Remake Treatment

Director Mark Hartley is set to terrify a whole new generation with his remake of the 1978 local cult classic ‘Patrick’.

news image 1b9ba78b15e9ec9e8fa7.jpg

When it hit Australian screens back in 1978, Richard Franklin’s classic Ozploitation flick, Patrick, made quite the impression. And now, as per all things cinematic these days, seemingly, the local horror film is getting a remake with Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson and Charles Dance to headline (with no word on who will play the titular role, though we reckon our favourite son-in-law, Orlando Bloom should do it), and shooting to commence in November this year at Melbourne’s Docklands Studios, and on location.

The tale of Patrick begins when a nurse mysteriously disappears at a remote private clinic. She is quickly replaced by Kathy (Bait 3D’s Sharni Vinson), who is introduced to the intimidating Matron Cassidy (Rachel Griffiths) and the dangerous neurologist Dr. Sebastian Roget (Charles Dance), who shows clear disregard for standard medical practices. The two of them assign Kathy the responsibility of caring for a coma patient, only known as Patrick. However, Patrick’s growing crush on Kathy coupled with his psychic powers, soon develops into a strange and threatening obsession. This remake of Patrick promises a re-imagining with more relevance to today’s technologically reliant society, with Patrick, no doubt, being able to send emails through his psychic powers.

Patrick is produced by the film’s original producer Anthony I. Gianne, written by Justin King, and directed by the AFI award-winning Mark Hartley who will be making his fictional feature debut. Hartley is an inspired choice, however, as he helmed 2008’s excellent Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!, which chronicled the Ozploitation era that rocked Australian cinema in the seventies and eighties.

About his love for the original, and his approach to this remake, Hartley commented: “Growing up, the original Patrick and its director, Richard Franklin, were hugely inspirational to me as a young film fan and aspiring filmmaker so, it’s an absolute honour to be part of the team delivering this classic love-story-with-a-body-count to the big screen in 2013. We've strived to intensify and surpass the jolts and atmosphere of the original so, I can't wait to thrill and unsettle a new generation of chiller fans.”

Patrick will premiere at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival, with Umbrella Entertainment distributing a national release throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 .

comments powered by Disqus
follow us on twitter
like us on facebook

latest issue

Filmink latest issue

latest features

So, You Wanna Act?

Founder of Actors Centre Australia, Dean Carey (pictured), shares his thoughts on how every actor can unleash their potential.

Chalk Talk

Director of the Chalk Urban Art Festival, Andi Mether, has produced a documentary exploring this fascinating style of street art – which has recently exploded in popularity.

Our Band Could Be Your Life

Thomas Meadmore’s personal and professional worlds collide in his rock doc, ‘How To Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends’, and the director counts down the five music docos that influenced him in crafting his own.

Sci-Fi Invasion Down Under

While Australian filmmaking has traditionally shied away from sci-fi, the genre’s currently experiencing a mini renaissance with a string of local films on the horizon proving that you don’t necessarily need big bucks to execute big ideas.

latest reviews

Boyhood
Boyhood

Despite its impressive ambition and unprecedented form, it’s the emotional authenticity of this coming of age tale that makes it so memorable.

What We Do In The Shadows
What We Do In The Shadows

This gut-buster of a mockumentary is a bloody delight from start to finish.

The Reckoning
The Reckoning

Writer/director John V. Soto delivers his best film yet with this tight, taut and compelling thriller.

The Grandmaster
The Grandmaster

The rushed storytelling fails to live up to the spectacular visuals, but it’s still a knockout of a film.