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Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasance, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, John Meillon
Thanks to Drafthouse Films, an overlooked Australian classic will finally get the stateside respect and attention it deserves. Previously unavailable on any home video platforms, Wake in Fright, director Ted Kotcheff's (First Blood) controversial Palme D'Or nominee (the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival), will screen this Saturday night as part of Fantastic Fest, and, despite the fact that it was made way back in 1971, it'll no doubt match the craziest new Fantastic Fest movie with its timeless insanity and no-holds-barred storytelling.
Recently praised by the likes of Martin Scorsese as a slept-on classic, Wake in Fright follows an unfortunate schoolteacher (Gary Bond) as he gets stuck in an Australian outback mining community and, with ample amounts of booze and firearms, has to survive through a series of troublesome encounters. One moment involving a kangaroo is worth the price of admission alone.