Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright

DVD - 2009
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A young Englishman teaching in an outback school sets off to spend his summer vacation in Sydney but doesn't make it beyond the nearby mining town known as 'the Yabba'. He is engulfed by the slightly sinister mateship of the locals with its undertow of repressed sexuality and squalid violence. The excess of this alcoholic nightmare is held in check by rough humour.
Publisher: Distributed by Madman Entertainment, [Collingwood, Vic.] : [2009]
Branch Call Number: DVD WAKE
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 92 min.)


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Aug 24, 2015

Decent movie- I wouldn't call this an accurate portrayal of Australian as the director Ted Kotcheff did- but still a good movie. Based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Kenneth Cook.

Aug 16, 2015

What Nursebob said: "Male bonding becomes a destructive force in Ted Kotcheff’s psychological gut-punch of a film", nails it. A perfect review of "Wake in Fright"

Aug 15, 2015

Male bonding becomes a destructive force in Ted Kotcheff’s psychological gut-punch of a film, a classic only recently restored. Oppressive and tainted with hopelessness, his masterfully directed opus plays like one man’s waking nightmare. Try as he may Grant just can’t seem to leave town and as he begins his slow descent he is further tormented by Faustian memories of his girlfriend beckoning half-naked before a pounding seashore. Faced with an existential mediocrity Grant’s despair is almost palpable which makes the film’s gripping final moments—scenes saturated with self-hatred and a bleak homoeroticism—all the more heart-rending and lending a sad irony to its sunbaked denouement.

avisualfeel May 26, 2015

Loved Chips Rafferty who played the sheriff. Just bloody brilliant!

Mar 01, 2015

A school teacher in Australia plans to spend his summer in Sydney, but circumstances force him to spend it in the Outback with a pathetic group of Cro-magnun-like men who spend most of their time getting drunk, breaking-up places, and sleeping off their latest round of perdition. Our school teacher, at first, tries to avoid the debauchery, but eventually falls prey to it and in drunken revelry, commits acts that he someday may attempt to block from his memory. The portrayal of Australian Outback losers is so horrible, that the film (released in 1971) bombed greatly in Australia and went missing for decades until a few copies were found in the last few years and were used to resurrect the film for DVD. I didn’t like the film as much as the critics. The directing is great (really the first action film for Ted Kotcheff). Perhaps Hollywood saw great promise and lined Kotcheff up for his more memorable Hollywood films.

Sep 29, 2014

"The best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence."-Nick Cave
A lost outback classic of the early 70s that was rediscovered and re-released several years ago. It was one of the first films in the Oz boom of that decade, which also included "Picnic at Hanging Rock," "Walkabout," "Mad Max," and "The Last Wave."
The story is simple enough: a teacher arrives in a small town on his way to Sydney and gets waylaid there, leading to a dark night (or few) of the soul that involves gambling, drinking, women, and shooting kangaroos at night. A kind of horror film about one man losing control, it makes good use of the stark beauty of Australia and has a fine cast, including Gary Bond, who resembles a young Peter O'Toole, Donald Pleasance, as an alcoholic doctor, and Jack Thompson in his first role. For those whose cinematic image of Australia is "Crocodile Dundee," this is a much darker, stranger, and violent vision. Also on Netflix.

Jun 23, 2014

Stark and raw. Well put together. As the expression goes in Oz it would be "fair dinkum" to spend time watching this flick.
What with the harshness of the Outback (a mediocre restaurant chain for food), poisonous box jellyfish, huge salt water crocs and more than their share of shark attacks visiting Australia is very low on my list of priorities. Brush fires all the time and skin cancer rates through the roof are also negative factors about that place. I wonder if you still have to have a criminal record to get into the place.
I'm quite well travelled and New Zealand holds much more allure for me and I'm not even a Lord of the Rings fan.
In any event I'll just through another shrimp on the barbie.

Apr 05, 2013

A very beautiful and well shot movie. The first movie to really come out of Australia. Surreal and scary journey through a mans eyes as he chose's to accept and become apart of his surroundings.

Nonfyction Jul 26, 2010

Amazing, bizarre and very telling film made in the 60s. Suppose adventuring into Australia's outback is like adventuringinto another kind of scary world. Where everyone seems to be in on the joke except you. Thoroughly enjoyable in an uncomfortable kiond of way.

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