Screenwriter. Occasional director. Infrequent musician. Folk Horror tragic.
Hands-down the greatest Australian film ever made. I may be somewhat biased, having grown up in Broken Hill (the real life location of fictional Bundanyabba) in the years immediately following Wake In Fright's release, but Ted Kotcheff managed to craft what I experienced as an oppressive, frightening childhood reality into a diamond-sharp, primal cultural myth.
Jonathan Miller manages to simultaneously lampoon M.R. James' cosy academia AND offer up a truly singular rendering of the power of his prose to chill the blood. Highlights: Michael Hordern's excruciating, eccentric performance of social anxiety and pompous intellectualism, Dick Bush's stunning monochrome cinematography and the rudimentary-yet-terrifying practical spectral effects.