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Josh Zammit says he has always been a filmmaker at heart, even from a
very young age. He made home videos when he was 13 then upgraded to
short movies when he was 16. After high school, he enrolled in a screen and media
course at The Northern Sydney Institute's film and television
school at St Leonards Campus.
Now 24, Josh's first feature-length film, Observance, has
burst onto the overseas film circuit and has been gathering positive
reviews in both Europe and North America. The Hollywood
Reporter has described the film as "one of the most chilling
experiences" while Cinapse has labelled it "a cult classic".
Produced with a budget of just $11,000 and filmed entirely in less
than a fortnight, Observance tells the story of a private
investigator who is paid to surreptitiously film a woman at her home
from an abandoned apartment in the building next door. Tension builds
as the investigator starts to notice some disturbing developments in
the woman's life.
Josh is surprised at the positive attention his film has received as
he admits Observance "wasn't going to be everyone's cup
of tea. It's an ambiguous thing we've done. We were expecting some hate."
Observance will have its Australian premier at the Randwick
Ritz in Sydney on Sunday 3 April, followed by a limited theatrical run nationally.
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