“Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat, mate?” Somewhere between social realism and existential horror lies Ted Kotcheff’s disturbing Australian thriller Wake in Fright (1971), which failed to find a wide audience on its initial release but has since become a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema. To celebrate the film’s Dual Format release this Monday (31 March), we have THREE copies to give away to our followers, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment and Masters of Cinema. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven’t already, ‘Like’ us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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 Kotcheff’s directorial 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.
Which Bond villain did Wake in Fright’s Donald Pleasance so famously play?
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Wake in Fright is released on Dual Format from Monday 31 March, courtesy of Eureka’s Masters of Cinema label.
This competition closes at 6pm on Thursday 3 April 2014.
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