Wake in Fright (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
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Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, 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 his one night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left... Believed lost for many years, WAKE IN FRIGHT has been painstakingly restored by Australia's National Film and Sound Archive and AtLab Deluxe, and is presented in its original uncompromising form.
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A realistic horror film about the brutality of mankind and the ignorance of mankind putting low regard to a teacher's worth that may make you uncomfortable but may also make you think (It actually reminds me of certain parts of the US unfortunately).
WARNING: Hunting scene contains graphic footage of kangaroos actually being shot. Producers' Note during credits: "The hunting scenes depicted in this film were taken during an actual kangaroo hunt by professional licensed hunters. For this reason and because the survival of the Australian kangaroo is seriously threatened, these scenes were shown uncut after consultation with the leading animal welfare organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom." I would not consider the actual hunters professional since they were drunk and bad shots, but I also can't say it is completely animal abuse (in which case I would have given it a one rating) as kangaroo are actually hunted for their meat which I have had myself and which is actually good eating. With that said though I found these hunters methods deplorable.
Watch closely the opening wide shot on the train platform and the end shot, brilliant book end to a disturbing but (having grown up in small Australian towns) realistic journey through Australian outback culture. Great actors appear in this film Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty in particular stand out, it also has a British cast and was a co-production with Canada/England I think?! Regardless it typifies the culture and attitudes of early 1960s Australia and even though it is shot with incredible cinematic style and wide panoramic landscapes it leaves you feeling incredibly claustrophobic.
It is Australia's 'Deliverance' the parallels and disturbances in this film have the same gripping impact, great viewing please watch!
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That's the constant refrain, at once friendly, taunting, and menacing, directed at John Grant, the antihero of Wake in Fright, a stunning, deeply...Read more