A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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 into several he plunges headlong into 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…
All my life I’ve held the misbelief that Canadians were champion drinkers. Not even close. Earlier this year seeing the Russian drama Leviathan shattered my belief, but I comforted myself saying ‘that was vodka’. When it comes to beer, we’re still tops. Apparently not. Those outback Aussies would clean our clocks. ‘Here, drink that up so I can buy you another!’
Wake in Fright is a lucid waking nightmare. It claws at you and pulls you down, deeper and deeper. Resist as you might, its simple nature and utterly base morality and behavior may appear beneath you, causing you to underestimate its charm and power, and this is exactly where the nightmare…
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…
The most nihilistic film of all time. Worse than hell; there is nothing. You can drink, you can kill and you can try to escape but you'll still just end up in a void of your own human awfulness.
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.
XMZZ never comes to Yabba. Yabba circles XMZZ like light circling a black hole, forever approaching, never arriving. Yabba is what happens when a single office XMZZ party begins but is never allowed to finish. Boxing Day is advertised in other places far away as some potentially reachable location past the far shores of XMZZ. I am already having nightmares about an immobile robotically chortling Santa in a sleigh made of crumpled beer cans and rifles being dragged through the dirt by dismembered kangaroo corpses. And I haven't gone to sleep yet. Never before have I wanted a kangaroo to wrest a knife away from a human being more than during the watching of 'Wake In Fright'. And what is…
Wake in Fright is a classic lost wonder if Ozpliotation, thrilling in all of it's obscure wildness. The story of a teacher that goes on a holiday that takes a fast turn south once he is introduced to a hardcore gambling circuit. Watching someone descend into madness is rough stuff and this film proves it better than most in history and the fact that a single event can come with so many consequences.
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What did just happen? At the end of the film, I stared at the screen speechless and disoriented. Wake in Fright is the cinematic equivalent of a slightly off-centred painting on a wall. Just slightly, so that it is quite clear that something is wrong, but you're not quite sure what. Sure, the ‘blocks’ who live in Bundanyabba are physically and morally repellent, the kangaroo hunt is senselessly brutal and excruciating to watch, the heat is unbearable and the beer is way too much. Yet, there's something more to the uncanniness of the film, something that you cannot fully understand; that is, not until it's too late.
The desert all around, yet Wake in Fright is so claustrophobic that it takes your breath away. A looping nightmare under the scorching sun.
The greatest use of space in the history of film. I havent seen anything like this before. This movie is a stoned masterpiece. It shocking!
A perfeita mistura de inferno com paraíso. O lugar para onde todos vão e passam quando querem escapar e se mantém ainda mais presos. Como um pesadelo que te assombra, é bom aprender a rir dele, porque ele vai voltar sempre.
I'm a doctor of medicine. And a tramp by temperament. I'm also an alcoholic. My disease prevented me from practicing in Sydney. But out here it's scarcely noticeable.
School teacher John Grant (Gary Bond... Peter O'Toole's doppelganger) is on his way to Sydney to see his girlfriend but has an overnight pit stop in Bundanyabba, also known as “The Yabba”. The Yabba sounds like a monster and it might be as the place is like a parasite changing everyone that comes within it's borders into an alcoholic miscreant of legendary proportions.
It's not supernatural, it's simply done by the residents seemingly wanting everyone they come into contact with to be as drunk as they are. Beer, gambling and…
aka Beer-Men: The Hangout
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…