Have a drink mate? Have a fight mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat mate? There's nothing else out here. Balanced on a knife-edge between social realism and existential horror this disturbing subversive portrayal of Australia's cultural underbelly failed to find a wide audience on its original release but has since become established as a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema. A middle-class schoolteacher stuck in a government-enforced 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 Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this film in a new Dual Format edition for its UK home viewing premiere. Special Features: New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film from the 2009 restoration Audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and Editor Anthony Buckley A selection of video pieces including new interviews and rare behind-the-scenes footage Original US Outback TV spot Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired A booklet featuring writing on the film its restoration rare imagery and more! [show more]
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Ted Kotcheff directs this Australian thriller starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence and Silvia Kay. Big city teacher John Grant (Bond) has been forced to travel to a remote school in the town of Tiboonda in the Australian outback after the terms of a financial bond are revealed. He plans first to travel to Sydney to see his girlfriend but has to take a detour through the mining town of Bundanyabba, known to locals as The Yabba. Longing to earn enough money to escape his bond he tries to make nice with the locals, joining in their gambling and drinking games. However, as John is not accustomed to this lifestyle he soon realises he cannot keep up.