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Wake in Fright

Thriller, Drama 1h 44m 1971

AroView: After many years in obscurity, this drama has been dusted off and deservingly reappraised as an Australian classic - a waking nightmare of “beer and sunshine” that combines the twin threats of Australia’s formidable desert heat and its ‘mob rules’ drinking mentality.

The little-known Gary Bond is superb as the middle-class schoolteacher adrift in a remote desert township, who must ingratiate himself with the eccentric, hard-case locals whose amoral, unpredictable ways are blurred in alcoholic ritual. While it fits well into the ‘Australian Gothic’ mold, it avoids the cheap tricks of a ‘genre’ film, but is provocative and layered enough to linger long in post-viewing discussion and beyond.

Director

Ted Kotcheff

Language

English

Country

Australia

Studio

Madman

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