Wake In Fright

83
  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama Thriller
  • Release year: 1971
  • Running time: 114 min
“Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat, mate? There’s nothing else out here.” Balanced on a knife-edge between social realism and existential horror, this disturbing, subversive portrayal of Australia’s cultural underbelly... read more
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“Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat, mate? There’s nothing else out here.” Balanced on a knife-edge between social realism and existential horror, this disturbing, subversive portrayal of Australia’s cultural underbelly failed to find a wide audience on its original release, but has since become established as a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema.A middle-class schoolteacher, stuck in a government-enforced teaching post in an arid backwater, stops off in the mining town of Bundanyabba on his way home for the Christmas holidays. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the financial independence to move back to Sydney for good, the opportunity proves irresistible. But the bad decisions are just beginning and a reliance on local standards of hospitality in “the Yabba” may take him on a path darker than ever expected.One of the many triumphs in director Ted Kotcheff’s career, Wake in Fright effortlessly sustains the quality of a sun-baked nightmare, with a relentless forward drive and outstanding performances by Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Sylvia Kay, and Chips Rafferty in his final role. A brutal, gripping dissection of the limits of masculinity and amorality to stand alongside Straw Dogs, A Clockwork Orange, and Deliverance, it remains a stunning entry in the envelope-pushing cinema of the early 1970s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this film in a new Dual Format edition for its UK home viewing premiere.

Original Release

07/21/1971

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Cast

Directors

Ted Kotcheff

Writers

Evan Jones, Kenneth Cook, Ted Kotcheff

Cast

Donald Pleasence Doc Tydon
Jack Thompson Dick
Chips Rafferty Jock Crawford
Gary Bond John Grant
Sylvia Kay Janette Hynes
Peter Whittle Joe
John Meillon Charlie
Al Thomas Tim Hynes
Dawn Lake Joyce
John Armstrong Atkins
Slim DeGrey Jarvis (as Slim De Grey)
Maggie Dence Receptionist
Owen Moase 1st Controller
Norm Erskine Joe the Cook
John Dalleen 2nd Controller
Buster Fiddess Charlie Jones
Tex Foote Stubbs
Colin Hughes Stockman
Jacko Jackson Van Driver
Nancy Knudsen Robyn

Producers

Howard G. Barnes Executive Producer
Bill Harmon Executive Producer
George Willoughby Producer
Maurice Singer Producer

Editors

Anthony Buckley

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