Wake in Fright (1971)

Wake in Fright
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Writer: Evan Jones
Based on: Kenneth Cook‘s novel
Cast: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson
Part of: /slash Christmas special
Seen on: 17.12.2015

John Grant (Gary Bond) works as a teacher in the middle of nowhere. He hates it, but he has to work of his debts. Fortunately the Christmas holidays are approaching and John can return to Sidney to see his fiancée. But first he hast to take the train to the next bigger town. There he meets Jock (Chips Rafferty), a police man, who keeps inviting him for drinks and finally John starts to gamble, promptly losing all his money. Now stranded, he gets swept up in a drunken, violent haze.

Wake in Fright did not work for me. I thought that the social criticism – most of what made the movie worthwhile in the first place – fell short and remained superficial. Instead of engaging, the movie was mostly just exhausting.



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