A middle-class schoolteacher, stuck in a government-enforced teaching post in an arid backwater, stops off in the mining town of Bundanyabba on his way home for the Christmas holidays. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the financial independence to move back to Sydney for good, the opportunity proves irresistible. But the bad decisions are just beginning and a reliance on local standards of hospitality in "the Yabba" may take him on a path darker than ever expected.
- Wake in Fright review by Steve Mason
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An atmospheric, well acted film with a slow build and a strong sense of location. Great to see Mr Aussie cinema Chips Rafferty in an enjoyable performance. And amusing to note how English and louche the victim, Gary Bond, driven to the end of himself by his experiences of the outback. Not as brutal as I thought it might be, though the real footage of the slaughter of kangaroos was upsetting. Mostly, comedy is closely tied up with the aggro.
As much satire as horror. One that wouldn't have impressed the Australian tourist board. Maybe a bit of allegory in there about the way society deals with otherness. A must see for lovers of the outre, students of Aussie cinema, and horror enthusiasts.