- Fri-Thu, November 9-15Dir. Ted Kotcheff, Australia, 1971, 116 min., R, New 35mm PrintOfficial Website
On Sunday, November 11th, following the 3:00 pm screening of WAKE IN FRIGHT, director Ted Kotcheff will join us for a post-film Q&A via Skype. Ted’s directing credits include FIRST BLOOD, UNCOMMON VALOR, and WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S. Ted Kotcheff on IMDb.
Recently restored after 30-odd years in deteriorating condition, this Outback nightmare is a story of a pagan rite that finds a rural schoolteacher in a spiral of loss, drunkenness, violence and moral horror. From gambling hall to ramshackle tavern to scrabbly desert slaughter, there is simply no place left for a soul to feel safe in this classic of Oz-ploitation. With Donald Pleasance in one of his most disturbing roles.
“It left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it's beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time.” —Martin Scorsese