Deep within the desolate Australian territory of Kakadu—home to the Australian Aborigines for 40,000 years and to the legendary bushrangers in the 1880s—massive saltwater crocodiles known as salties threaten man and beast. On Outback Hunters, a team of fearless Aussies faces the deadly threat posed by these ferocious reptiles. They brave the vast bush wilderness to manage a dangerous animal population, risking their lives in the process
Runtime: 60 minutes
Outback Hunters - Wake in Fright - Netflix
Wake in Fright (initially released as Outback outside Australia) is a 1971 psychological thriller film directed by Ted Kotcheff, written by Evan Jones and starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay and Jack Thompson. Based on Kenneth Cook's 1961 novel of the same name, the film follows a young schoolteacher from Sydney who descends into personal moral degradation after finding himself stranded in a brutal, menacing town in outback Australia. Filmed on location in Broken Hill and Sydney, Wake in Fright was an Australian-American co-production between NLT Productions and Westinghouse Broadcasting. Alongside Walkabout, it was one of two Australian films to be nominated for the Grand Prix du Festival at the 24th Cannes Film Festival. Despite attracting positive reviews, the film was a commercial failure in Australia, in part due to minimal promotion by United Artists, as well as audiences being uncomfortable with its portrayal of outback life, including a controversial hunting scene involving real kangaroos being shot. By the 1990s, Wake in Fright had developed a cult reputation as Australia's great “lost film” because its master negative had gone missing, resulting in censored prints of degraded quality being used for its few television broadcasts and VHS releases. After the original film and sound elements were rescued by editor Anthony Buckley in 2004, the film was digitally remastered and given a 2009 re-release at Cannes and in Australian theatres to widespread acclaim; it was issued commercially on DVD and Blu-ray later that year. Praised by critics for its direction and performances, Wake in Fright is now considered a pivotal film of the Australian New Wave and has earned a rare 100% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. A televised miniseries remake of Wake in Fright premiered in 2017.
Outback Hunters - Controversy - Netflix
PRODUCERS' NOTE The hunting scenes depicted in this film were taken during an actual kangaroo hunt by professional licensed hunters. For this reason and because the survival of the Australian kangaroo is seriously threatened, these scenes were shown uncut after consultation with the leading animal welfare organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom. The hunt lasted several hours, and gradually wore down the filmmakers. According to cinematographer Brian West, “the hunters were getting really drunk and they started to miss, ... It was becoming this orgy of killing and we [the crew] were getting sick of it.” Kangaroos hopped about helplessly with gun wounds and trailing intestines. Producer George Willoughby reportedly fainted after seeing a kangaroo “splattered in a particularly spectacular fashion”. The crew orchestrated a power failure in order to end the hunt. At the 2009 Cannes Classic screening of Wake in Fright, 12 people walked out during the kangaroo hunt. Director Ted Kotcheff, a professed vegetarian, has defended his use of the hunting footage in the film.
In addition to the film's atmosphere of sordid realism, the kangaroo hunting scene contains graphic footage of kangaroos actually being shot. A disclaimer at the conclusion of the movie states:
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