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Wake in Fright

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3.8 out of 5 stars (42) IMDb 7.8/10

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.

Starring:
Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Ted Kotcheff
Starring Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond
Supporting actors Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, Peter Whittle, Al Thomas, John Meillon, John Armstrong, Slim DeGrey, Maggie Dence, Norm Erskine, Owen Moase, John Dalleen, Buster Fiddess, Tex Foote, Colin Hughes, Jacko Jackson, Nancy Knudsen, Dawn Lake
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I came across a description of this film a while ago which made it sound like an overwrought B Picture, a format to accurately represent the world it depicts - melodramatic, crude and brash. It is much more than that. From the opening 360' panning shot around the tiny wooden platform of an Australian outback station, taking in two shabby and rusting buildings dwarfed by an endless vista of red sand, to the brilliant portraits of a range of characters who inhabit this barren and malevolent landscape, it constantly surprises and delights with visual power and human complexity. It is no surprise to discover that the underlying material on which the film is based, a novel by Kenneth Cook, was to have been a project for Dirk Bogarde and Joseph Losey at one point in its development. The film ended in the extremely capable hands of Ted Kotcheff and screenwriter Evan Jones and is beautifully constructed and paced. There is throughout a sense of threat and a sustained tension, but the tensions are those that exist within the central character and which this environment magnifies into threats - they are never simply imposed in a mechanistic fashion. Apparently the film was initially very well received, being lauded at the Cannes Film Festival and achieving some degree of commercial success in certain markets, but in Australia it was seen understandably as a fierce critique of the country and its dominant ethos at a sensitive time and so it disappeared seemingly for ever. The DVD is the result of a long search by the original editor who managed to unearth cans of footage in a warehouse in Philadelphia after many years of fruitless effort - and we should all be extremely grateful to him for preserving and restoring such an important and seminal work of the Australian New Wave.
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Wonderful little film about escaping to the Outback. I don't want to give anything away as I had only heard a little about this film and saw a few clips before buying it blind. It wasn't what I expected but I still very much enjoyed it. I got the impression about it's history as being a bit controversial but didn't find anything really objectionable about it or it's portrayal of the Outback or Australia. It's was a fun and yet dramatic thought-provoking film about one man's vacation letting go. Of course, if hunting bothers you, you might want to skip that part. All in all, a great little Aussie film. Nice print with plenty of extras about this film. Kudos to Image and Drafthouse Films.
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Not everyone's cup of tea. But if you're daring enough and tolerant enough. The hardest part of this viewing is the kangaroo scene. Pleasence is the silver lining in this immense eccentric cinema piece. If anything I recommend a rental if you have a remote interest in this outback journey into madness.
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This movie was Awesome- or should I say Aussome!!! Hey, I made a funny!!! !!! My hat Off!!!!! - To the people who saw the "Deliverance" parallel!!! With, of course, some contrasts and parallels!! I saw another parallel, oddly enough, with a film by another Aussie director: Nicholas Roeg. Apparently, this is one of the "big three" of Aussie New Wave films. The others being "Mad Max" and "Walkabout". But I see a parallel with another of Roeg's films: "The Man Who Fell To Earth".
Moreover, many are bothered by the slaughter of the kangaroos; and I was as well. I am an animal lover, although not a vegetarian. But apparently they were going to slaughter the roos anyway. So I do not condemn the filmmakers for using it for artistic purposes. Of course, the point in the film is that it is condemning this kind of behavior by macho A&%holes!! One could question why the government was performing the cull in the first place. By the way, another film that came to mind was - "Cannibal Holocaust"!! This film is notorious for the killing of many animals. Also a 70's exploitation film!!

But besides animal lovers, another echelon of society should avoid this film, and those are - recovering alcoholics. There is so much alcohol consumption in this film, mostly beer, and others have noted this, that it starts to get to you after a while. I am an alcoholic, I have not had a drink in 4 1/2 years, and it did not bother me that much. But I can imagine a more hardcore drinker ( I just thought of something: that is what the film depicts: hardcore drinking) than myself, who is trying quit, this would be brutal. This is another theme in the film - concerning too much drinking in the society.
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This film is an Australian classic which still resonates today, especially now that we have an idiot Prime Minister in Tony Abbott and the country feels like it is in the grip of 'ockerism' !!

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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