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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 to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction.
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.
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
John Grant (Gary Bond) is a teacher bonded to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. He plans to return to Sydney for the Christmas holidays but ends up stuck in the Yabba after his one night stop over leads to a downward spiral of drinking and reckless gambling with the locals. Ted Kotcheff's cult movie from 1971 is a nightmarish tale of one man's descent from decency to depravity, the boorish, friendly locals and the scorching heat only adding to the oppressive nature of the drama. Beautifully shot, the new Masters of Cinema release really does the film justice.
Not a horror movie in the traditional sense--most of the terror is psychological rather than visceral, with the exception of the infamous kangaroo sequence--but the eerie, unnerving atmosphere it creates is up there with the best of the genre. It's kind of like The Wicker Man, only the cult is human nature and the sacrifice just might be the protagonist's soul. Donald Pleasance is on another level here.
Very interesting and absorbing film.Also a few scenes were pretty brutal and uncomfortable for me to watch.It reminded me of the Wicker Man in a way,and a quick scout on the internet shows this is a pretty common comparison.A slow burn and a harrowing one.
It's no wonder that its such a controversial figure in Australia. It doesn't exactly depict the outback with any lightness of touch, instead opting to place to English teacher lead in a situation of increasingly aggressive hospitality. A situation that leads him down a rabbit hole of beer and hunting, and even though that may not sound too bad its framed in a way that is more in key with a horror film. Editing and score are the great icons of this. Early on the score is simple and jaunty, but as Grant gets deeper into the Yabba, music gets more and more disjointed and discordant. Echoing his situation. With a career high from Donald Pleasence, this is an uncomfortable, hard to watch and unpleasant film but also one where its impossible to peel your eyes away from the screen.
A rather odd Australian film from the 1970's, almost like a classic Fosters lager ad crossed with a movie like Deliverance. The lead actor, Gary Bond, looks very like a young Peter O'Toole. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1971.
Bond plays an English teacher working in an Australian school (his girl friend lives in Sydney). He's stuck in a tiny one room school in the middle of nowhere, and hates the job. For the Christmas vacation, he plans to go to Sydney and see his girlfriend. But the plans go wrong when he stops en route in a small town in the Yabba. One of the memorable characters he encounters is the town doctor, in an excellent performance from Donald Pleasense.
The film could be seen as a parody of the classic Aussie male stereotype - misogynist, hard drinking, and reckless. Avoid the film if you are an animal lover, or anti-hunting.
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If the principal theme of Ted Kotcheff's overlooked 1971 masterpiece Wake In Fright (aka Outback) is the thin line that exists between civilisation and bestiality, then the film's opening finds a perfect way to visualise this idea. A slow, circling aerial pan (shot very wide) reveals the tiny, dust-blown desert town of Tiboonda, whose 'centre' comprises just two shack-like buildings - one a classroom, the other a pub - divided by a single train track.
Having finished his final lesson for the year, seconded schoolteacher John Grant (Gary Bond) crosses over for what he wishes were the last time to his rented room in the pub to pack his bags. A "bonded slave of the education…
One of the podcasts I listen to regularly interviewed Ted Kocheff about this one. I knew him from First Blood, but was completely unaware of this movie, which has recently been rescued from extinction. Beyond expecting to be made uncomfortable, I didn't know what was in store.
Uncomfortable is a good word to describe Wake in Fright. The characters are sweaty, flies buzz crawl over them constantly, and the landscape bleak. The characters also make us uncomfortable with a curious mix of hospitality and a general disregard for social niceties. These range from general social taboos to some downright despicable behavior. Knowing that the kangaroo scene was shot on a real kangaroo hunt made it one of the more disturbing…
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