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Wake in Fright


Ted Kotcheff

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About the Movie

Brutal, uncompromising and stunning Wake in Fright tells the story of a young teacher, John Grant, who arrives in a rough outback mining town planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, on this one hot night in Bundanyabba, Grant decides to go into a smoky, crowded pub... However, one night stretches to five, in which he discovers gambling, ruins himself financially and 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... There is no Australian film quite like Wake in Fright. Nominated cinema's ultimate prize, the Palme d'Or, at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival and still as raw and fresh today as it was then, rediscover this lost cinematic masterpiece as it screens for the first time in over 30 years.

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Wake in Fright

Ted Kotcheff's 1971 film "Wake in Fright", is probably the greatest Australian film ever made. It depicts the inexorable descent of an ordinary man into the world of the Aussie battler and all his vices; gambling, drinking, hunting and adultery, in what is the most terrifyingly visceral depiction of the Australian outback ever captured on screen. It is this harsh verisimilitude that lends Wake in Fright a certain reflection upon Australian society circa 1971, almost akin to putting up a mirror to the lives of Australian citizens. The grim humanity present underscores the horror aspect of the film, in which the evil in this film is depicted in the barbarism of the Australian outback lifestyle. The film also lends some essence of realism in regards to the perceived facets of Australian citizens, namely their immutable hospitality, which is portrayed in a completely different light in the film, owing to the beginning of the downfall of John Grant and his spiralling into near insanity, as well as the subservience of Australian women unto men. After watching this film, you will gain a greater understanding of the ever-widening divide between city and country life within Australia, which lends some grand irony to the film's status as a quintessential Australian film, that not many Australian citizens are aware of.

Wake in Fright

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Worst Movie Ever

This is a movie so bad that if you watch it you wish you had a time machine so you could go back and tell yourself not to.

Wake in Fright
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Classics
  • Released: 2009

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