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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…
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 -…
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…
Wake in Fright is an offbeat and atmospheric Australian film that features an ignorant British man who becomes a victim of both circumstances and his own vices.
It is always unsettling and internalises much of the horror. The kangaroo hunt is also extremely brutal and is linked to the harsh environment. Donald Pleasance is also great in his role as is the overbearing policeman. The surreal touches are also neat.
|King Costanza|: Constantly being offered a beer beats out two-up, and the boxing kangaroo.
I already harbor a fear of small remote towns because I feel that in a Wicker Man/Straw Dogs sort of way that the presence of an outsider will deteriorate the thin veneer of societal norms and that I'll be sacrificed or assimilated against my will. Now, for the record, I've been to many a small town (my family is from a place called Little Turkey in Iowa, to say that it's a "town" is a bit generous) and have only been greeted with the utmost niceness and sincerity. Nonetheless, if this movie accomplished anything, it's that it broadened my imagination in regard to the evil that lurks in the hearts of the isolated. I also know that I can almost never refuse a beer when offered and had I been in Yabba instead of John Grant, it surely would've been the key to my undoing.
Wake in Fright is one of the harshest and most believable Australian film I’ve seen. I can’t think of many films made here that I can confidentially look at and believe that this the Australia I live in. It may be 40 years old, but it looks, sounds and uncomfortably feels like home.
I never want to find myself in 'The Yabba'.
This film really put me through the wringer, yet I loved every minute of it. Harrowing but not horrifying, Wake in Fright is almost impossible to describe in a short review like this. We follow an English schoolteacher, John, based in middle-of-nowhere Australian countryside, just as he finishes work for the Christmas holidays. On his way to Sydney, he has to stopover for a night in Bundanyabba. Instead of staying in his room until morning, he makes the grave mistake of going for a beer down at the local. There, he realises he is far from home and begins down a spiral of boredom-induced debauchery with the overly-generous residents.
I don't know what the hell to think of this film...
"Have a drink, mate?"
John Grant, a tired and disillusioned Australian teacher plans to go to the capital to change his own professional situation.
Taking a break in the midway town Bundanyabba he takes to long to notice he's entering a real journey to hell. Unpretentiously the extreme arid country landscape plainly appears a post apocalyptic work and If you get separated pieces between this one and the recent The Rover for example there's no such difference.
Booze... Many booze. Gambling. Heat... A Fuckn heat. Sweat. Dust. Dirt. Cigs. Chopped kangaroos. Bangs! Flies... too many flies. Blood. A fuckn dirt. In the middle of desert all of this seems to be Devil's seductive weapons in a restless and hallucinating trip.…
I can't decide which I like more. This one or WALKABOUT.
"The aim of what you call civilisation is a man in a smokin' jacket, whiskey and soda, pressing a button, to destroy a planet a billion miles away, and kill a billion people he's never seen."
Blistering, maniacal account of the Australian Nightmare (or the Australian Dream in some cases), with a surreal story of its resurrection all to its own. It was Australia Day eve when I saw this in the Astor theatre and as the credits rolled a group of blokes behind me cried "Happy Australia Day cunts".
I was pretty repulsed by Wake in Fright, primarily because it puts a mirror against the worst parts of reckless Australian behaviour - this nightmare is indeed a reality in our sunburnt country. But despite how I felt it's a wonderfully made film: it's brave, uncompromising, perfectly acted - Donald Pleasance is out of control - and important in its repulsiveness.
The 'Lest We Forget' moment is brilliant.
An unknown film that a deserves much wider audience! A grim tale of the Australian outback
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