Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film through a year-round, ongoing series of screenings. Wake In Fright headlines the next event on Monday 25 May.
Wake In Fright tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralisation at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Believed to be lost for decades, the film now returns as what the New York Observer says “may be the greatest Australian film ever made”.
“Wake In Fright is a deeply—and I mean deeply—unsettling and disturbing movie,” says film legend Martin Scorsese. “I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it’s beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time.”
Each Australian Revelations feature screening is accompanied by a short film made in West Australia, giving local filmmakers a chance to have their work seen by new audiences.