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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.
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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…
Graham J scrubs 'Visit the Outback' off his bucket list.
A man visits 'The Yabba' for a supposed temporary stay. The man is offered an endless stream of beers by its locals. The man is brittle and a weekend spent with some unpleasant immoral folk aims to break him both in body and mind.
Not for lovers of kangaroos You have been warned.
Welcome to 'The Yabba' - Enter if you dare!
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.
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 -…
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.
Realistic film about Carrboro, NC.
A horrific depiction of one man's downward spiral. Also an excellent critique of the macho culture of Australian "mateship."
A Review Haiku
Play the outback games.
Pass the Vegemite sandwich
Heads or tails, you lose.
At the most basic level, Wake in Fright is about a man who can't escape the outback.
This film brilliantly captures the problems of living in an isolated town in the outback. There's not much to do except get drunk. It does take that idea to the extreme, I'm sure people in the outback don't drink as frequently as they do in this film. Still, even in a small Australian town where I live, full of green hills, valleys and beaches, the pub is still the most popular option for one to spend their evening.
It's well acted, has a surprising amount of humour and top notch cinematography. An interesting film and hopefully will be up there with the great Australian films.
A weird, surreal Aussie outback nightmare with a perfect performance from Donald Pleasance.
Terrifying. A horror movie where boredom and human nature are the only monsters.
Those poor kangaroos...
A movie with scenes of Donald Pleasence shooting kangaroos in the Australian outback and then wielding a wooden chair to trash a bar could only be good if it was made in the early 70s. Thankfully this was. Add half a star for nostalgia (for all the beer I drank 20 years ago while sweating my ass off in the Arizona desert heat).
The worst weekend of your life
Hold up...Ted Kotcheff, the director of this film directed Weekend at Bernie's? Wait...he's Canadian? Weekend at Bernie's and the Selleck sans moustache classic Folks!?!?!?!?!?!
Wake in Fright is a terrifying fever nightmare saturated in alcohol that comes from those weird Australian bottles, everything takes place in a drunken heatstroke haze with gambling, fisticuffs, fisticuffs with kangaroos, shooting kangaroos in the face, more fisticuffs and more alcohol.
Gary Bond plays John Grant, the bonded teacher of Tiboonda, trying to get to Sydney to see his girlfriend but gets sidetracked at the purgatory hall of mirrors known as "The Yabba"; completely overwhelmed with his self-destructive tendencies which is made easy because everyone in the Yabba is damn accommodating.
Not sure how Kotcheff…
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