Introduction by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood) and starring Donald Pleasence, Wake in Fright follows a teacher (Gary Bond) who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba and ends up going on a days-long, self-destructive bender. With its bizarre cast of characters, outlandish psychedelic sequences, and dehydrated visual palette, Wake in Fright is a brutal, visceral overlooked gem of the Australian New Wave that unravels like a feverish nightmare.
“A horror film like no other, it relies on this relentless feeling of menace and tolerance (or dismay) for extreme human behavior. Wake in Fright was a reference for location work, the peculiar logic of insular communities, and the use of amazing faces, professional and nonprofessional. One of my favorite films.” —Kleber Mendonça Filho
“Torpor, delirium and violence in the confines of the Australian outback, an environment easily comparable to the Brazilian sertão. Anyone can easily have unpleasant experiences when they don’t understand where they are and who the people are.” —Juliano Dornelles