“The Australian bush was, like the American Midwest at one time, an extremely isolated and hostile environment,” recalls one of the actors, Jack Thompson. “People lived here according to strange codes and rituals. And since no Australian film had yet dared to show this reality, we felt like we were explorers. "
Wake in Fright, it's a film where the actors are drunk for real, where the kangaroo hunting scenes are documentary images, where the director always takes us further. This invisible film, lost until the last reels were found in 2002, turned out to be beyond our hopes when discovered. John Grant, a schoolteacher bound for Sydney, must stop on the way in a small mining town, isolated, masculine, brawling. He finally spent his entire vacation there. Far from being a simple criticism of the isolated towns of the Australian bush of the 1970s, Wake in Frightdeploys a hallucinatory, dark and brutal fiction, and becomes pure madness that nevertheless, always, the director (also author of the first episode of the saga Rambo) wanted as close as possible to reality.