Wake In Fright (11/5, 10:20pm)

“The best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence” – Nick Cave

Wake In Fright is a deeply — and I mean deeply — unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it’s beautifully calibrated.” — Martin Scorsese

Soaked in immensely palpable dread from its opening frames to its closing image, Ted Kotcheff’s masterpiece Wake In Fright is one of the earliest examples of the legendary super-kick-ass wave of Aussie exploitation movies of the ‘70s and ‘80s. In the desolate Australian outback, a bunch of bored yokels (including sleazy, alcoholic doctor Donald Pleasence) drag a down-on-his-luck visiting teacher into their excessive lifestyle of booze and sex, but things take an even nastier turn before the final reel. Kotcheff really cut his teeth on atmospheric action here before doing First Blood, a film which owes a strong debt to this overlooked peek at the nasty underbelly of the folks who live Down Under. Believed to be lost for decades and virtually unseen in America until now, Wake In Fright is presented in a brand-new 35mm print!
Dir. Ted Kotcheff, 1971, 35mm, 114 min.

Watch the trailer for “Wake In Fright”!
YouTube Preview Image