Film Screening 13th October, 2009

Poster for Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright 

8:00 PM, 13th October, 2009

  • M
  • 104 mins
  • Unknown
  • Ted Kotcheff
  • Evan Jones
  • Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Gary Bond, Jack Thompson

Harrowing, shocking, confronting ((ndash)) deeply disturbing: Australia's Deliverance? Canadian Ted Kotcheff's ("Law & Order: SVU") Wake in Fright, once thought lost but recently discovered in a Pittsburgh warehouse, is a harrowing nightmare ride. A prim and proper school teacher at a one-room bush school in tiny Tiboonda sets off for his summer vacation break. A diversion to a pub and back-room two-up game in Bundanyabba leaves him drunk and stony-broke on its blazing-hot streets with nowhere to go. Aided and abetted by mates he meets along the way ((ndash)) the boozy local cop, played by Chips Rafferty in his last film role: "C'mon mate, let's have a drink then"; the local lads, including a young Jack Thompson in his first screen role; and sociopath Donald Pleasence: 'I'm a character' ((ndash)) he descends into a vomit-laden alcohol-fuelled hell. Some may find the drunken kangaroo-shooting scenes difficult. Too confronting for Australian audiences on initial release and a box-office failure, it is now considered a classic. All-in-all, a fantastic film: DO NOT MISS IT! (?????)

Bob Warn