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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
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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 -…
Wake in Fright is a notable movie of the Australian New Wave and gained a reputation during its long absence from home media. Gary Bond has the lead role as John Grant, a schoolteacher in tiny Tiboonda in the Outback, thankful that summer vacation has arrived, who makes the questionable decision to stop off in mining town Bundanyabba (the ‘Yabba”). The Yabba is 99% men and these are the kind of men who drink, gamble, drink, fight, drink, and blast guns in that order. Grant falls in with a group, including Donald Pleasance’s Doc Tydon, and slides into moral degradation. He hits a breaking point after a drunken brawling night leads to an implied sexual encounter with Doc. There’s a…
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Do not confuse the Yabba with Yo Gabba Gabba.
I'm puzzled on Wake in Fright. I respect it for its cinematography and direction, the actors are mostly fine, with Donald Pleasance running away with the movie, and I can get on board with the story. It just didn't impact me in a big way. I understand Grant's motivations and his anger, but I think the placing of him as a teacher was a mistake. Should I be rooting for these kids to not have someone to teach them the difference between chazwazzers and gilderchucks? Teachers might be awesome, but this one kind of sucks. C+
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Before this film, I didn't realize that Ozploitation was as wide a genre as it is. This was an interesting film. It's strangely both simple and complex. It is the story of a teacher in a small nowhere town, who reaches a crossroads, and then ends up staying and experiencing a time of moral decay. It is an interesting film, and one I feel like I need to watch again.
This is an outstanding feature film. A hidden Australian gem which has aged beautifully.
The large amount of drinking in this movie was making my liver hurt when watching it. Imagine a movie were we following a character going thru one of the of the longest alcoholic bender ever. I am amaze that the character could actually walk and form sentences when speaking.
The movie is about a school teacher that hates his job of teaching children in the outback. He is trying to make it to Sidney for the Xmas holidays. Along the way he runs into some of the worst aspects of Australian outback life. One thing I learn there is nothing more insulting than refusing to drink when an Australian invites you for a few drinks, but your liver will thank…
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In “Wake in Fright,” John Grant(Gary Bond), a schoolteacher, is looking forward to the Christmas holidays more than anything else. This will give him an opportunity to temporarily leave the Outback in favor of Sydney and his girlfriend Robyn(Nancy Knudsen). But first he has to take a train to the next town where he is scheduled to get a flight out the following morning. And then finds a possible solution to his problems...
Even though it is not the horror movie I was expecting, “Wake in Fright” is still an effective study in how the Australian Outback is not for all people and perfect for others. To that effect, the movie makes very good use of nightmarish imagery and forehshadowing.…
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