Wake In Fright

This is an under rated and at times deliberately forgotten Australian classic. I watched Wake in Fright as a child and it scared the hell out of me.

But I loved it. The film was largely ignored, it always seemed a little out of step with the knock-about Aussie larrikin films that surrounded it back in 1971.

This is not a loving potrait of Australian life but a glimpse into a world of violence and male bonding that comes across more like a contagious psychosis.

The film is not for the faint hearted ; beware the kangaroo scene! Chips Rafferty gives a stand-out, subtle performance as a police officer all smiles and backslapping, with an under-current

of menace and intimidation. It is a must-see for any Australian film enthusiast. I cannot recommend it highly enough. “May you dream of the devil and wake in fright.”


Kevin

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Hi, my name is Kevin and I process inter-library loans and new stock that comes into the library. I'm a musician, so if you need any help with music selections or finding a particular artist, let me know.

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  1. I’m convinced – have just reserved it.

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    • Adrian

      Sorry Mally, I got in first.

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