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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…
Directed by Ted Kotcheff this film based on the novel of the same name stars Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty and Sylvia Kay. A school teacher leaves the small village he works at to travel to Sydney for his holidays but becomes stuck in a mining town.
Billed as a horror film this is more a horror at the debauchery of the toxic masculinity that exists in Australian outback towns and it is a good exploration of that world. While I enjoyed the film it is controversial for including real hunting scenes and to my mind comes off as a bit classist. There are some good performances with Donald Pleasence the stand out as the alcoholic tramp.
"Have a drink, mate?"
Would recommend, but could be a hard watch for some.
The thriller aspect wasent scary or anything horror which you might think, at least for me. It is shocking at some parts.
After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.
Bitter satire of life in Australia's outback is very convincing and realistic, especially considering the 'tragic' ending; well-played and with some good cinematography.
This film accomplished its job. I wouldn't want to hang out with the majority of these characters.
A man who thinks he's above it all falls into a brutal spiral of drinking, gambling and violence.
This film takes a poignant look at Australian drinking culture that's as relevant today as it was 45 years ago.
One of these days I'll get over the fact that this fantastic, quintessentially Australian, heart-of-darkness-in-the-outback horror film is directed by a Canadian (the one who later went on to direct Weekend at Bernie's no less) and headlined by the very un-Australian Donald Pleasance (who somehow comes across as quite convincingly Aussie).
A dark, terrifying flick, it retains all its power some 35 years later. Utterly riveting
Based solely on its title and reputation as a lost and recovered masterpiece, I went in expecting an outback horror or thriller film. Instead I got an intense class-obsessed psychodrama about the nature of civility and identity.
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