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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 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…
An enjoyable slice of Australian gothic that foreshadows Ben Mendelsohn's output by 40 years and betrays some of the typical elements of the time it was made - psychedelia is to the fore. Not that the mining and drinking community of western New South Wales has much to do with the San Francisco of the era. There are some brutal scenes including a kangaroo hunt that gets close and personal and nobody calls Donald Pleasence a 'pom' once.
Based on the novel by Kenneth Cook, with a screenplay by Evan Jones and directed by Canadian Ted Kotcheff, this is a disturbing, slow-paced meditation on the veneer of civilisation and how barbarity lies buried just below the surface. John Grant (Gary Bond) is a young indentured teacher working in a small town deep in the Australian outback. When the school breaks for Christmas he travels to Bundayabba (the "Yabba") to catch a flight back to Sydney and his girlfriend. He pops into a pub for a quick pint but quickly finds himself sucked into a session, where he loses all his money gambling. Descending into drunkenness with the locals, including the alcoholic Doc Tydon (Donald Pleasance), Grant rapidly descends…
A “lost” Australian classic restored and re-released with the guiding hand of Martin Scorsese. Wake in Fright explores masculinity and depravity by stripping off the thin veil of civility its central character has cloaked himself in. Immediately after finishing this film I delved in a google hole in an attempt to absorb as much information about the actors, production and setting as possible. It’s one of those films that gets under your skin and just starts worming its way in deeper. I will always think about this film whenever I contemplate the possibilities of the medium.
So much alcohol was consumed in this movie that I started to feel sick. And that's saying something.
Probably best to give this one a miss if you're hungover.
Wake in Fright-Indescribable but brilliant piece of ozploitation. Donald Plesences presence is always a plus.
Loses one star for real life animal cruelty scenes involving kangaroos. A truly horrific part of the film that was not needed to be shown in such a way.
"You don't like Yabba?"
An Australian thriller with amazing atmosphere, 'Wake in Fright' is a dark and hilarious look into a man's quick descent into the derelict debauchery in the Outback. Showcasing a stunning opening shot and a specific slow-burn style of tension, the film quickly picks up after a drawn out opening sequence. After that, the film has non stop bombastic beer busts sporting Donald Pleasance as an alcoholic doctor who is a mix between the doctor in 'Dark of the Sun' and Trevor from GTA V.
When they shot and fought the kangaroos, I lost it, so nutty.
No matter what kind of movie you're looking for, Wake in Fright qualifies-it's an inspirational teacher film! A Christmas movie! A road movie! Man vs nature! A romance! A bromance! A thriller! A cautionary tale!
In seriousness, I knew very little about Wake in Fright except for the bit about violence against Kangaroos. The tone is established early on, as Gary Bond (Jeremy Brett's partner in real life) heads to Sydney to meet up with his girlfriend during school holidays. He has to make a stopover in a place known as Yabba (based on Broken Hill, apparently) and while having a beer to pass the time, allows himself to be drawn in by the local's hospitality--in a place where there's…
have a drink mate? have a dirnk mate? have A DRINK MATE??
One of the best Australian movies ever made. Still plays today.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…