Wake In Fright: classic Australian movie

Xavier Toby Reader Find

By Xavier Toby in New Film on Wednesday 15 September 2010

Chosen as part of the official selection of Cannes Classics in 2009, and premiered at the Cannes Festival back in 1971 (don’t worry I pronounce it ‘cans’ as well), this gem of Australian film-making was thought lost for all time. Luckily, it’d just fallen down the back of the storage shelf, or was being used to keep someone’s table level or some such, because it’s been found and re-released. Part horror and part indictment of Australia’s ingrained drinking culture, it’s a brutal and uncompromising film that will be as hard to forget as Samson and Delilah.

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Ben Briand

Piotr Szymaniak Reader Find

By Piotr Szymaniak in New Film on Thursday 9 September 2010

Described as ‘one of Australia’s most promising film makers’, Ben Briand’s short-film masterpiece, Apricot [below], was nominated to the 2010 Vimeo Awards. Briand has just released his latest short-film, Castor and Pollux [above].

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