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.
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.
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…
Probably what living a real nightmare would feel like. The last shot really sums up that analogy.
Also found out the director did both Fist Blood and Weekend at Bernie's.
Mind = blown.
John(played by Gary Bond) is a bonded teacher who is travelling from his outback workplace to Sydney for the Christmas holiday. He has to spend a night en route at a mining town but ends up staying there longer than he planned. It turns out to be not so much waking up in fright as living in a nightmare.
The film really does feel like a nightmare, with great acting from the mainly male cast, and especially Donald Pleasance, who plays an alcoholic doctor.
Fear and Loathing in The Yabba
A brutal film about an outback school teacher just trying to make his way to Sydney to visit his girlfriend for the holidays. During his layover in "the Yabba" he becomes acquainted with a few of the locals, the coin-flip gambling hall and drinks an incredible amount of beer. It's a downward spiral that is frightening and somewhat surreal. The kangaroo hunting scene is horrifying. Amazing 1970's cinematography and atmosphere.
Having grown up in the backwoods myself, I deem this film 10 times truer to life than that Local Hero bullshit.
And good god, when Donald Pleasance goes skeevy, Donald Pleasance goes skeevy!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not as good as Weekend at Bernie's but I guess Ted Kotcheff wasn't a true master of the medium yet.
Incredible back-to-the cave movie set on the fringe of the Australian outback. This seems to be getting a second life via Netflix, which is streaming it, and deservedly so: In a decade full of great cinema, "Wake in Fright" stands tall. Also notable for one of Donald Pleasance's many great supporting roles. Beware the Kangaroo "hunt" scenes; they're integral but nearly impossible to watch. Not PETA-approved.
Atmospheric and sweatily effective shooting make up for a film which didn't quite smack me in the face with its quality given the rather large amount of hype its had from some circles as an underseen classic. Slightly disappointing but an interesting watch.
Stopped watching before they killed kangaroos.