Beware the Locals: Wake in Fright (1971)

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This scarcely before seen Outback gem (the only remaining print was lost for decades) follows a posh middle school teacher that makes his way from a remote territory back to Sydney when he finds himself stranded in a tiny town full of rowdy residents. hungover, broke and out of options, he’s then forced to indulge in the local customs of kangaroo hunting, olympic level boozing, and general debauchery. A visual and emotional stunner, this film is a true classic that until this day has been criminally underappreciated but is now ready to be discovered in a ravishingly beautiful digital restoration.

Regie: Ted Kotcheff

Cast: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty


Drama, Thriller

Land: Australië

Speelduur: 109 minuten

Taal: Engels

Ondertiteling: Geen


School teacher John Grant is under a financial bond with his government job that has forced him to accept a two-year post at a tiny school at Tiboonda, a remote township in the arid. At the beginning of the Christmas holidays, he decides to go to Sydney to reunite with his longterm girlfriend Robyn. He arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba (“The Yabba”) planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. After losing a bet on his first night in a pub, John becomes stranded in The Yabba, leaving him at the mercy of the eccentric locals and their debauched customs. As his one night stretches to five, John plunges headlong toward his own destruction.