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HICP: Wake in Fright (18)

16/10/2014 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Wake in Fright (18) (Dir: Ted Kotcheff).

A middle-class schoolteacher, stuck in a government 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.

One of the many triumphs in director Ted Kotcheff’s career, Wake in Fright effortlessly sustains the quality of a sun-baked nightmare, with a relentless forward drive and outstanding performances by Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Sylvia Kay, and Chips Rafferty in his final role. A brutal, gripping dissection of the limits of masculinity and amorality to stand alongside Straw Dogs, A Clockwork Orange, and Deliverance, it remains a stunning entry in the envelope-pushing cinema of the early 1970s.

The film is rated 18 for strong scenes of kangaroo hunting and slaughter.

Post-film we’ll be staying in Kardohmah94’s bar for some drinks and discussion and would love for you to join us.

Wake in Fright | Dir Ted Kotcheff | 1971 | cert 18 | 114m

Wake in Fright | 1971 | Australia | 114m

Programme details

Kardomah94 is open before the screening room doors open, so why not head along early to enjoy a drink or one of their fantastic hand-made pizzas?

7pm: Doors Open. Feel free to bring your drink (no food, please) and settle down in the screening room.

7.30pm: Introductions, trailer reel and short film (details TBC).

7.50pm: Main feature, Wake in Fright(114 minutes).

9.45pm: Join us for a drink in the bar.


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