Kenneth Cook

Wake in Fright (Malthouse Theatre) ★★★★

Tim Byrne
Monday, 01 July 2019

The idea of the outsider is, of course, a concept shared by all living beings; the jellyfish and the silverback gorilla alike have trained themselves to distrust a stranger. But there is something particular about the Australian suspicion of otherness, a ruddy and avuncular mask that hides an abiding, almost pathological, wariness...

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Kenneth Cook (1929-87) was a prolific author best known for his first novel, Wake in Fright (1961), which was based on his experience as a young journalist in Broken Hill in the 1950s. In January 1972, as I sat in a London cinema watching the film made from this novel by director Ted Kotcheff, its nightmare vision of outback life seared itself into my brain ...

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Andrew Nette reviews 'Fear Is the Rider' by Kenneth Cook

Andrew Nette
Wednesday, 24 February 2016

There is something alluring about the publication of a lost or unknown literary manuscript. How will it fit into the author's body of work? Is it inferior to or better than the published work? Does it illuminate a hitherto unknown aspect of the author's thinking, or make you re-examine the known sequencing or themes? These questions were on my mind as I read Fea ...

Jake Wilson reviews 'Wake in Fright' by Tina Kaufman

Jake Wilson
Thursday, 14 April 2011

Kotcheff’s Wake

Jake Wilson

 

Wake in Fright
by Tina Kaufman
Currency Press, $16.95 pb, 72 pp, 9780868198644

 

Eight years after its launch, the Australian Screen Classics series of monographs represents a valuable, ongoing contribution to l ...