All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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.
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…
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…
Enough of the stupid strike. I looked at the poor buggers in Wake In Fright and realised these were comparatively Arctic conditions.
One thing I've noticed having watched a few Australian films recently from around the 1970s and 1980s is that there seems to be a recurring theme of these films having being ignored and almost lost. Limited to no theatrical release, barely a VHS or DVD presence, and little to no television coverage. I've read similar things about Dark Age and the fantastic Long Weekend recently. It looks as though the Aussie film industry around that time was in almost as sorry a state as the British one was.
Wake In Fright, unlike those two films, has gathered a…
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.
I saw this on initial release in 1971 as the lower half of a double bill. Back then it was called Outback and it left me quite disturbed. 43 years later I can't remember the title of the main feature I went to see but I certainly remember this one and it has lost none of its power.
nothing has changed in 40 years
Well, I was thirsty when this movie began. By 30 minutes in I felt like I'd swallowed a bucket of sand.
Make sure you're hydrated.
Aussie existential thriller.
A great metaphoric transposition of how sick the consequences of isolation can be! Full of great shots!
Between this, Mad Max and The Cars That Ate Paris, I feel like cinema is trying to warn me not to accept a lift from an Australian.
Kind of terrifying, the phrase "killing with Kindness" springs to mind.
That said, the lead is an unlikeable, arrogant Englishman from the outset, so it's difficult to be sympathetic.
Some brutal scenes, especially considering it's over 40 years old. Not one for the Australian Tourist Board, that's for sure.
What an unsettling film. Beautifully lensed and sharply written, it is a lost, fish-out-of-water classic and one of the great examinations of man's innate savagery. Wake in Fright pinpoints the frailty of the distinction between barbarism and civilization, exacerbated by encroaching machismo.
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