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Sydney Environment Institute

Bottled Up: Wake in Fright Film Screening

Where
Science Rd
Camperdown NSW 2050
Australia
Old Geology Lecture Theatre, Edgeworth David Building (A11), University of Sydney
When

Wednesday 14 April from 5pm to 7:30pm

Film scholar Bruce Isaacs invites us to witness the embedded violence present in Australia’s hostile landscape and its aesthetic realisation in the landmark 1971 film Wake in Fright.

“Wake in Fright is a deeply — and I mean deeply — unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless.” - Martin Scorsese

After more than three decades in relative obscurity, Wake in Fright (1971) was rediscovered in 2009 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece of the Australian cinema. Helmed by a Canadian director and filmed entirely in Broken Hill, the film is an intriguing part of the Australian film renaissance of the early 1970s, and yet it is quite unlike any film ever produced in Australia. It’s a familiar story, but what strikes the viewer is the way in which the Australian ‘outback’ mythology comes alive and is contested and rewritten in stunning images of the landscape. This is a deeply unsettling film about Australian masculinity mapped onto the violence imbued in the land, and it remains a caustic reminder of troubled histories that inform our own narratives of the country and its people.

Speaker: Associate Professor Bruce Isaacs, Department of Art History, University of Sydney

This event is part of The Living Room Theatre’s Bottled Up Micro-festival curated by Michelle St Anne and Jacques Emery in partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute and City of Sydney. A series of theatrical sound nights, academic panels and artist talks that explore themes of violence against women and the environment.

The Wake in Fright Film Screening addresses themes of the Sunlit Noir, a thematic pillar of the Sites of Violence research project that merges artistic and academic understandings of human and non-human experiences of violence, and the processes, emotions, and meaning that this violence reveals.

Covid-safe information

  • To ensure we are COVID safe, we recommend you bring your own face mask with you and wear it at all times within the lecture theatre.

  • On arrival you will be required to check-in by scanning a QR code through the Service NSW app. To avoid congestion, please ensure that the app is downloaded on your phone prior to arrival.

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place along with hand sanitiser stations.

  • If you are feeling unwell or have been to any of the identified case locations, as per NSW Health advice, please DO NOT come to site.

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Sydney Environment Institute

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