Talk about obscure cinema! Thanks to people who are passionate about saving brilliant and challenging film, here are two brilliant films that have been unearthed for you to enjoy! Let’s start in the Outback, thanks to the great Drafthouse Films!!
Here is a classic 70’s era film poster for a movie that was all but forgotten to time, until now!
‘Doc’ Tydon: I’m a doctor of medicine. And a tramp by temperament. I’m also an alcoholic. My disease prevented me from practicing in Sydney. But out here it’s scarcely noticeable.
Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But his one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction.
When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left…
Dick: [referring to John Grant] What’s the matter with him? He’d rather talk to a woman than drink?
Tim Hynes: Schoolteacher.
The movie had been out of circulation for decades because the negative went missing, sparking an international search. After a ten-year quest veteran Australian producer Anthony Buckley finally tracked it down in mid-2004 in a Pittsburgh warehouse, inside a shipping container marked “For Destruction”.
“Wake In Fright” Special Features!
And look at the extras on the blu-ray!
Audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley
To the ‘Yabba and Back…’ featurette by Not Quite Hollywood Director Mark Hartley
Q&A with Kotcheff at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
’ABC’s 7:30 Report’ on the rediscovery and restoration of the film
Who Needs Art?: Vintage segment on Wake in Fright
Chips Rafferty obituary
Let’s move from the outback of Australia and head right to the looney bin!
End Of The Road
A bizarre John Barth novel becomes a lost movie classic! Stacy Keach and James Earl Jones star in this bizarre, lost thriller…
After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to “The Farm”, a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being cured, Jacob takes a job as an English lecturer and begins a disastrous affair with Rennie, the wife of a colleague.
Stacy Keach and James Earl Jones star in this lost thriller, with many bizarre dream sequences, and an intensity that may be more than most can handle…
This movie is a very strange, hypnotic experience, especially the scenes inside the mental institution. Some of the hospital inmates were played by real patients on leave from the Austen-Riggs Psychiatric Institute.
Here’s another interesting fact from IMDB: “The End Of The Road” was the first US studio film to contain a scene depicting bestiality. So there!
So it’s good news for fans of forgotten films!