Mark Hartley calls action on sophomore narrative feature The Girl at the Window

September 3, 2021
The director of the meh Patrick remake is back in thriller territory with stars Radha Mitchell, Ella Newton and Vince Colosimo.

“It’s always great to be back on set – but especially so during these difficult times,” said Hartley, who directed video clips, created featurettes for classic Australian films and made the classic documentary Not Quite Hollywood before making his feature debut with the underwhelming Patrick remake in 2013.

The Girl At The Window boasts a strong, resourceful heroine and a bounty of exciting set pieces – it’s exactly the breed of film that I love. I’m extremely fortunate to be working with a supremely talented cast and many of my favourite crewmembers to bring this high-stakes cat-and-mouse thriller to life.”

Heading up the cast are Radha Mitchell and Ella Newton (Harrow) as mother and daughter, and Vince Colosimo, from a screenplay by Terence Hammond (Last Dance) and Nicolette Minster. Regular Hartley collaborator Garry Richards is the Director of Photography, whilst Line Producer is Cathy Rodda (Iron Sky) and Producer is Ozploitation legend Antony I. Ginnane, who is making his 72nd film as producer.

“Audiences worldwide love thrillers, and our script is filled with twists and turns that will engage and excite,” said Ginnane, who reckons that the film is a blend of Rear Window and Disturbia. “I’m looking forward to seeing Mark Hartley work with our terrific cast to bring this story to life.”

International film sales agent Blue Fox Entertainment has already sold the film in the US, UK, South Africa, Indonesia, CIS and the Middle East, with rights in Australia New Zealand going to Kismet, who plan to release the film in mid-2022.

The Girl at the Window is currently shooting in Melbourne under strict COVID Safety protocols.

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  1. Mark Hartley

    I’m surprised by the cheap shots at PATRICK – which FILMINK gave a rating of $16 out of $20 dollars in its original review, stating “this classy remake earns its thrills via its rich sense of mood and killer performances.” It also received a nomination for BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM in the 2013 FILMINK AWARDS. Not sure how that equates to “meh”.

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