Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Forgotten Movies: WAKE IN FRIGHT
This is without a doubt one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen. You can't look but you can't look away.
A schoolteacher, drafted to teach in a one-room school into a nowhere town in Australia, is on his way to the airport to fly to Sidney for vacation when he is waylaid in a town called Yabba, filled almost entirely with men who gamble, drink, hunt and fight. He is a different sort of man, at least at first.
This film was lost for the 40 years since its release in 1971. Although critically acclaimed at the time, the Australian audience hated it for its rude, blunt, nasty depiction of men without women in the outback. Highly recommended if you have the constitution for a lot of the above.