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…
After watching this movie I felt the impression of visiting the Australian outback and spending time with the people there. Since the director is Canadian and was new to the area, he looks at everything with fresh eyes.
Similar to Woman in the Dunes, this is a story of a man trapped in a city in the middle of the outback desert. That's where the similarity ends. Here, the man is stuck in Yabba, a city in the middle of nowhere. And he's stuck partly by his own choice.
It's supposedly the first new wave movie from down under, and I enjoyed watching it.
Watched as part of the August 2016 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
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#30: A film that you encountered while doing this scavenger hunt that you'd like to watch but that just did not fit the requirements well enough
2016 movie viewings, #102. A film that's been on my bucket list for literally decades, it's hard even to describe Ted Kotcheff's amazingly unique, utterly unforgettable 1971 Wake in Fright, a film that was considered "lost" for many years until the original negatives were finally tracked back down in 2004, and a home version…
This film is phenomenal, it generates a feeling of monotony and repetitiveness in an unlikely situation, presenting the idea that a dream holiday or weekend only causes depression after giving hope that the lame cycle of a job or school will end, only for it to strike again.
Rough, simple, elegant.
no please no more drinks i have the spins.
I have never disliked a protagonist more.
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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