Wake in Fright (1971)
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Terrific film about the destructive influence a small, isolated Australian town has on a schoolteacher.
Animal lovers take note - the kangaroo killings are real, and pretty disturbing (which was the intent, no doubt).
A great movie to watch while getting drunk. The kafkaesque hopelessness strangled my neck though for a good two or three minutes. I couldn't breathe for a while.
Director Ted Kotcheff and his crew accompanied a real-life cull of the animals for the making of the film. The kangaroos were shot so their hides could be used for making soft toys and the meat sold for dog food.
The director said: "I did not use 75% of what I filmed that night as it was too bloody and horrifying...The Royal Australian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals kept urging me to use this footage because they wanted Australians and the world to see what was being done to kangaroos in the outback: the wholesale slaughter and carnage being committed every night."
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This movie ranks #95 in Scott Hocking's 100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema
This movie ranks #171 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #209 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #533 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #537 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #655 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #969 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films