- Wake in Fright review by Steve Mason
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.
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
- Wake in Fright review by MD
A truly awful film. Starts promisingly, but then seems to get stuck in a groove of loutishness. A bunch of outback yobs go on a drunken rampage. There is a repulsive episode with real footage of kangaroos being hunted. The film does have a story to it, but it's completely lost in the awfulness of it. The only redeeming feature is Donald Pleasance, who is both funny and nasty at the same time.
2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
A Nasty Piece Of Work
- Wake in Fright review by NK
Not a nice film and very much 'of its time' (translation - nobody would make a film like this now). The unlikable protagonist is an arrogant, pompous, yet weak-willed school teacher with a plummy actor-ish accent that grates on your nerves and a face you just want to slap. Traveling home from his remote teaching post in the Outback for the holidays he stops off in the town of Bandanyabba, where he gets drawn into a gambling game and very quickly loses all his money. Penniless and destitute in a strange town, the locals take him under their wing and offer hospitality in the form of an extended macho beer-drinking bender, culminating in a kangaroo "hunt". This hunt is an absolute massacre with real footage of wild kangaroos actually being shot, often at close range, interspersed with shots of red-faced blokes laughing and cheering. If this is your kind of thing you're in for a treat - otherwise avoid.
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful.