Patrick secures US deal

16 October, 2013 by Don Groves

Mark Hartley’s Patrick will get a theatrical release in the US, handled jointly by Phase 4 Films and Uncork’d Entertainment.

A spring 2014 launch is planned for the thriller starring Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths and Sharni Vinson.


Producer Antony Ginnane told IF it’s too early to specify the number of screens. He explained the dual distribution arrangement on the grounds that Uncork’d Entertainment’s expertise is in releasing films on Premium Video-on-Demand and convention VoD while Phase 4 Films is well versed in other media.

Patrick had its US premiere last month at the 2013 Fantastic Fest. The deal was negotiated by Bankside Films’ Stephen Kelliher with Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe.

Bankside pre-sold to a bunch of markets including Germany, Benelux, Argentina, Middle East, Peru and Switzerland.

Phase 4’s recent releases include The Baytown Outlaws, which starred Eva Longoria and Billy Bob Thornton, and Generation Um with Keanu Reeves.

Ginnane produced the original Patrick, which was directed by Richard Franklin and starred Robert Helpmann, Susan Penhaligon and Rod Mullinar.

Umbrella Entertainment is launching the film in Oz on October 17.