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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
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…
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 -…
A man on his way home for the holiday Finds himself trapped in a town with odd characters.
Brutal, visually arresting & culturally significant.
A sweaty, gritty and uncomfortable movie that you somehow end up being glad you watched.
discontent is the luxury of the well-to-do. if you're gonna live here, you might as well like it.
This is a horror movie that features nothing supernatural, nobody is directly threatened with their life on the line (except of course for some very unfortunate kangaroo), and there is no monster. No, the horror comes from within the main character, who brings his weakness and prejudice into an unfamiliar situation, and essentially loses a part of himself. The small city he finds himself in smothers him with hospitality of a sort, and they welcome him into their culture with open arms. It is his attitude, and his eventual descent into hedonism that shakes you to the core. He behaves badly, and discovers the dark, primeval monster within and comes out the other end loathing himself. It is a claustrophobic…
Holy fuck. This movie was unlike anything I had seen. Everything about this was raw and emotional and real. I could feel the sweat and dirt on their bodies, I felt I was on as crazy as a drunken trip as the characters in this movie were. The Kangaroo hunt footage they put in the movie was gruesome and hard to watch, only adding to the weight and power this movie had. It's a film about a whole lot of things, you'll be hard pressed to not get something out of this. Top notch filmmaking across the board in every aspect.
"Would you like a beer mate?"
This was both less and more of a psychological thriller than I was expecting. Think I'll have a drink mate.
Una de las películas más desesperadas que he visto en un tiempo. Sísifo escalando la montaña de la mediocridad y la brutalización, día tras día. Esta es otra de esas películas con las que demostrar por qué la vida en entorno culturalmente estancado (vamos, la vida de pueblo) puede resultar perniciosa si no tienes válvula de escape a tu alcance (incluso asumiendo que lo mostrado es una espiral de pura exageración); La mejor actuación de Donald Pleasence, en mi opinión.
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