This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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
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.
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…
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.
aka Beer-Men: The Hangout
Maybe this film suffered a little, for me and for a couple other people I saw the film with, from misplaced expectations: coming as it does as the first re-release presented by Drafthouse Films (owners of the awe- inspiring Alamo Drafthouse), I went into it thinking it would be a super hardcore, violent, maybe exploitation flick (or 'Ozsploitation' as it's called). The film is really much more of a drama - maybe like Deliverance, which isn't too bad, though more like what would happen if Jon Voight met the pig-****ers and partied all day and night with them.
It's about a schoolteacher who, as he finds himself without money after a night of too much drinking and gambling away his…
An incredibly haunting movie. The way in which John was "captured" in this film was so realistic and so masterfully performed. I found myself captivated by the realism and the darkness of every scene.
A school teacher gets stuck in the Yabba - a small town in the Australian outback. Life there is all about drinking, sweating and hunting...
Maybe the bleakest movie I have ever seen WAKE IN FRIGHT is one of those movies that demand several showers after watching them. I still don't really know what to make of it but I am sure about director Ted Kotcheff not being that optimistic about society.
Love the coin tossing game though. So simple and brought so much happiness to the town people!
Make or Break Scene: Kangaroo hunting. Pretty disturbing stuff.
MVT: Donald Pleasance who gives a batshit crazy performance.
Score: 5/ 10
The demoralization of man. Our main character starts out as clean cut school teacher who respects genders and culture. With each drink slowly de evolves into a man who gambles without worrying about consequences then slowly becoming a murder of innocent animals becoming as Premitive as the locals with each drink.
Film #9 of the July 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #1: A movie from your country
Yikes! I wanna watch Priscilla to cleanse me of this godforsaken violent, misogynistic, racist, testosterone-fuelled awful madness. I guess this is what you get when you let a Canadian make a film in Australia: a beautifully ugly and extremely biased mess.
There was just too much of everything in this film, but mostly too many men. Too many men drinking beer, men yelling, men fighting each other, men making sexist remarks, men taking pleasure in killing innocent animals, etc...
With the inclusion of an unsympathetic and dumb as fuck protagonist, and some underlying bullshit excuse for representing all Australians as drunk idiots, this has…
Probably what would happen to me if I ever visited Australia.
Perhaps watching this in earlier life would have given me a lesser, darker perspective but viewed as the human I am now, shaped by experiences not unlike (although much less well photographed than) the ones portrayed here, WAKE IN FRIGHT is not a nightmare. It's an uplifting and releasing spiritual joyride. The John Grant character, a pompous, bookish ass with a chronic case of sense-of-entitlement, has his deluded soul deprogrammed and released by the feral force, scale and beauty of the Australian outback and it's inhabitants.
The enlightened alcoholic MD spirit guide tells the as yet unreborn school teacher,
"Discontent is the luxury of the well-to-do. If you have to live here, you might as well like it"
I disagree with your premise, Socrates.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…