THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

WAKE IN FRIGHT (1971)


#95 of 2015 is a riveting and uncomfortable 1971 Australian film recently rescued from lost film status and restored called Wake in Fright. Gary Bond is a schoolteacher in a remote outback town traveling back to Sydney for holiday vacation to see his girlfriend. But he blows all his money gambling in the mining town he is passing through in order to catch a flight. He's broke and ends up with a bunch of drunken, absolutely deranged derelicts who want nothing more than to drink and drink and drink, hunt kangaroos and fight. You will not see a more downward spiral than this. Donald Pleasance is a standout as an alcoholic doctor who he ends up staying with. This film is savage, unmerciful, extremely upsetting and overpowering. Not the kind of film you can sit through multiple times but if you want to see something that truly shows the power of film, Wake in Fright demands your time. Ted Kotcheff also directed a number of more well-known films but nothing approaching this (Weekend at Bernie's, anyone?). There is also a horiffic real-like kangaroo hunt included in the film that is just AWFUL - this puzzling disclaimer is at the end of the film:

Producers' Note.

The hunting scenes depicted in this film were taken during an actual kangaroo hunt by professional licensed hunters.For this reason and because the survival of the Australian kangaroo is seriously threatened, these scenes were shown uncut after consultation with the leading animal welfare organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom


TLA one-word review: disturbing