Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Wake In Fright (1971)

For all the pontificating I do on movies, sometimes I can watch something that utterly leaves me lost for words. And that's a rare, wonderful and brilliant thing; because it is that reaction when I know I have watched a classic.

Wake In Fright (also sometimes known as Outback) is just such a classic.

And because it is such a classic I must apologise at how redundant this blog post is. All I can say is it is the finest Ozploitation/Aussie New Wave whatever you want to call it, film I have seen and a film that can stand proudly alongside anything that Hollywood or the UK has ever produced and been claimed a classic.

It also has one of the finest performances Donald Pleasence ever gave, right up there with Cul-de-Sac

It's a truly evisceral, brutal and yet oddly beautiful film. Believed lost for many years it was finally restored to glory in 2009 and still had the power to shock; at a Cannes screening 12 people walked out on the infamous (and all too real) Kangaroo hunting scene.

I strongly advise watching it if you haven't. It's based on a 1961 novel by Kenneth Cook, which has gone straight on my to read list!

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