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Wake In Fright (aka Outback) (1971)

Wake in Fright (aka Outback) first published by Grolsch FilmWorks If the principal theme of Ted Kotcheff’s overlooked 1971 masterpiece Wake In Fright (aka Outback) is the thin line that exists between civilisation and bestiality, then the film’s opening finds a perfect way to visualise this idea. A slow, circling aerial pan (shot very wide) reveals the…

Wake in Fright (1971)

Review first published by Film4. Synopsis: Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz) directs this paranoid tale of a teacher’s lofty ideas brought low in the Australian outback. Review: In the opening aerial shot of Ted Kotcheff’s Wake In Fright (aka Outback), the thin line between civilisation and bestiality, education and addiction, discipline and excess,…