Wake in Fright Alternative Poster Art

Black-and-white poster for the film Outback (AKA Wake in Fright) with hand-drawn images of two men wrestling, a man walking and carrying a rifle and a suitcase and four standing figures, two of them holding rifles
Title:
Wake in Fright Alternative Poster Art
NFSA ID:
635094
Year:
1971
Category:
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An excerpt from a bi-fold press sheet for Wake in Fright (AKA Outback). It features an image of a film poster with alternative art to that used finally to advertise the film.

This dramatic poster is roughly sketched in black-and-white with two of the film's main characters, 'Doc’ Tydon and John Grant, forming a kind of tunnel through which another image of Grant walks with a rifle and suitcase.

The image of Grant walking is framed by the sun but could also suggest we're looking down the barrel of a gun or though a dust storm. It also hints at the implied sexual encounter between the men in the film and the fighting and brawling that occurs between the townsfolk on a regular basis.

The artist has cleverly drawn the faces as if they are part of the landscape itself – storm clouds or rocky outcrops. This effectively reflects the feeling throughout the film that the arid Australian outback transforms and consumes those who live in it.