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Wake in Fright
Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here.
Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney, but as one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction.
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Sweltering and oppressive, Wake in Fright is a man's disconcerting descent into his own personal hell.
Kotcheff's film first slowly peels only to end up clawing at its protagonist's humanity, exposing an animalistic nerve that is both confronting and harrowing. Acted superbly across the board and shot with a colour palette that only adds to the scorching desert heat, Wake in Fright captures life in the Australian outback in, what I can only assume, a painfully realistic way.
This film is astonishing. It takes the simplest of premises, a man stuck in a place trying to get away, and turns it into an inevitable, slow, spiralling plunge into the…
May you dream of the Devil and wake in fright. - AN OLD CURSE
Part 1 of the 30 Countries project.
For the purposes of this project this movie is classed as at least partially being of Australian origin as per its listing on imdb.
“In the remote towns of the west there are few of the amenities of civilization; there is no sewerage, there are no hospitals, rarely a doctor; the food is dreary and flavourless from long carrying, the water is bad; electricity is for the few who can afford their own plant, roads are mostly non-existent; there are no theatres, no picture shows and few dance halls; and the people are saved from stark insanity by the…
An Outback exploration of just how far we are and how much it takes to get us over the line between regular dignified folk and the alternative. Ted Kotcheff's gem baths you in the weird, covers you in grime, bastes you in Donald Pleasance man-stink then rains testosterone and kangaroos on you. It also involves a ton of beer. When it's over, you will either be contemplating what circumstances would cause YOU to crossover, or you will just feel dirty and violated. I love that Kotcheff gave this, First Blood AND Weekend at Bernie's to me. He is like my favorite uncle.
007's brother as a school teacher on holiday in the town of Yo Gabba Gabba. Being a slave to the system. A jolly-ole bloke cop. An Outback Steakhouse. An intense game of Heads or Tails. Losing everything but your ass. Sneaking out to make out. Dr. Loomis doing random crazy shit. A fast fox. A cool dog. Fun with Dick and Joe. Kangaroo cruelty. Little orphaned joeys. A Brokeback night with the good doctor. An expert marksman missing the right shot. Free drinks will get you in trouble. Getting the hell out of Dodge. A fucked-up trippy journey of self-rediscovery.
Hopefully being rescued from near extinction doesn't overshadow the fact that Wake in Fright is a truly fine, frightening, and fascinating film. Though it does add a sense of relief while watching that something of this caliber was almost lost forever, it's only an occasional and momentary sensation as the film itself stands on its own merits. Like Walkabout, Wake in Fright is a study on the isolation of the quintessential loneliness of the Outback, and hints at a malignancy in the land itself. Whether this danger is symbiotic to the men who live here or constructed and fueled by them makes no difference, as its touch is omnipresent. Perhaps director Ted Kotchoff suggests some infernal perpetual motion machine -…
Come have a drink with me, mate.
Renowned for having been believed lost for decades, this recently rediscovered piece of Australia is among the most terrifying films I've ever seen, and it achieves that without a drip of blood or jump scares. In fact, it isn't even a proper horror film, but throughout the entire thing I felt uneasy and as it went on clenched my fist harder and harder. Wake in Fright is the essence of tension and suspense, a film that is relentless and creeps up on you quietly. It's frightening because it's real, its protagonist undergoes a seamless transition from normal if a little troubled psychologically, to utterly insane and broken, all within a few days and…
I can't decide which I like more. This one or WALKABOUT.
"The aim of what you call civilisation is a man in a smokin' jacket, whiskey and soda, pressing a button, to destroy a planet a billion miles away, and kill a billion people he's never seen."
Blistering, maniacal account of the Australian Nightmare (or the Australian Dream in some cases), with a surreal story of its resurrection all to its own. It was Australia Day eve when I saw this in the Astor theatre and as the credits rolled a group of blokes behind me cried "Happy Australia Day cunts".
I was pretty repulsed by Wake in Fright, primarily because it puts a mirror against the worst parts of reckless Australian behaviour - this nightmare is indeed a reality in our sunburnt country. But despite how I felt it's a wonderfully made film: it's brave, uncompromising, perfectly acted - Donald Pleasance is out of control - and important in its repulsiveness.
The 'Lest We Forget' moment is brilliant.
An unknown film that a deserves much wider audience! A grim tale of the Australian outback
No way out; fate wins. More TK.
Una gran panorámica de 360 grados, mostrándonos el desolador paisaje del outback australiano, funciona como perfecta introducción para que nos adentremos en el estado de ánimo del protagonista: un profesor que no ve la hora de llegar a Sydney para ver a su novia. Una parada a medio camino en Bundanyabba lo cambia todo. Tal y como el sheriff local lo describe, "we're so isolated, there's no way to go". Unas partiditas al inocuo two-up, a nice simple-minded game, terminarán por cambiar la suerte de nuestro protagonista: desesperado y sin blanca, caerá presa de un entorno cada vez más hostil, agobiante y perturbador. Lo que resta es una espiral de garrulismo (con explícitas escenas de cacerías de kanguros) y dipsomanía (a base de cerveza West End) que culminará con el simbólico acto de abandonar los libros que le habían acompañado durante todo el viaje. Un aterrador retrato, rodado con cuatro duros, de la cara oculta del Lucky Country. THUMBS UP.
I can't really accuse it of being a giddy experience, but fuck it all if this movie didn't get its hooks in me early and refuse to let go. This is a tale of personal transformation as harrowing as anything in cinema. Yet for all its intensity it never feels exploitative - Wake in Fright's very carefully considered, and even its technically tricky moments are well-calibrated for the narrative without feeling showy. There's not much I can say that hasn't been elucidated by others, but unless you're of a very sensitive disposition regarding animal cruelty this is worth seeing.
Wake in Fright is a very frightening take on Aussie masculinity. The events here are pretty repetitive and it does detract from the moral weight of the film. Following a series of mishaps, John Grant, played with such vulnerable naivety by Gary Bond, a bonded middle class teacher hangs out with a group of indecent men who party all the time without considering the lives of others (especially the women).
The setting adds to the bleakness of the film, akin to that of another film set in the outback that is Walkabout. However both films seem to be complete opposite ends of each other, as Nicolas Roeg's interested in kids growing up filled with optimistic imagery while Ted Kotcheff is…
Wake in Fright is the perfect film to watch at the end of the holiday season. It's about a school teacher who is on Christmas/Summer break in Australia, and inadvertently gets into all types of shenanigans that he thinks he is above. In terms of films that show people just drinking nonstop, I can't think of a movie that comes close to this one. Pretty much the entire film is just about drinking and trying to survive all the drinking. While I do not partake myself, at the end of the Christmas break, I do feel that I can relate. I have been off school, and off work for a couple weeks now, so most of my time has just…
A very unique horror where the threat posed comes from aggressive hospitality and how easy it can be to lose yourself in the face of that. The film never goes where you expect it to and maintains a constant feeling of dread. The people of the outback are rabid, as if the constant heat and isolation from the rest of civilisation has made them devolve into something less than human. Creatures which only live to satisfy their needs and lash out at anything they can.
I would also like to warn you that the film contains scenes in which kangaroos are hunted, sadly these scenes do depict real kangaroos and are very difficult to watch.
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