Staff Picks: Wake in Fright on 35mm

IT LEFT ME SPEECHLESS – Martin Scorsese

THE BEST AND MOST TERRIFYING FILM ABOUT AUSTRALIA IN EXISTENCE – Nick Cave

 

Don’t miss pre show sounds on the Hammond Organ by Douglas Katelus

Here is what Doug has to say about his favorite film:

“WAKE IN FRIGHT (1971) a truly remarkable film made during the early period of what would eventually be known as the Australian New Wave. It’s also a quintessential example of what some call Ozploitation. The movie plays like a fever dream that you can’t escape no matter how hard you try. Your words muted and feet stuck in an endless feeling of mud and immobility. The story of a man trapped in a small rural town who dives into all his untapped inner darkness and desires. A film that literally sweats from the screen and precedes to drown itself in beer to rehydrate.”

Alongside MAD MAX and WALKABOUT, WAKE IN FRIGHT is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (FIRST BLOOD) and starring Donald Pleasence (HALLOWEEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE), WAKE IN FRIGHT tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Believed to be lost for decades and virtually unseen in America until now, WAKE IN FRIGHT returns fully-restored in what the New York Observer says “may be the greatest Australian film ever made.”

“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 and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time, right along with the protagonist played by Gary Bond. I’m excited that WAKE IN FRIGHT has been preserved and restored and that it is finally getting the exposure it deserves.” —Martin Scorsese, 2012

Wake In Fright dir. Ted Kotcheff 1971 Australia 108 mins 35MM

 

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