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“Wake in Fright screened in full, while the exceptionally fitting Rhyece O’Neill Band bring the movie to life with an original live soundtrack.” – Cactus Records
Rhyece O’Neill Band presents a live, original soundtrack to the Australian cult classic, Wake in Fright. In this performance, the band pay homage to this cult film, situating themselves off to the side of the screen, much like an orchestra would for a play, letting the already intense nature of the film take centre stage as they compliment the spaces between dialogue with desert blues guitar and driving drums.
Filmed in 1971, Wake in Fright delves into the brutal horrors and isolation of outback Australia, as an English school teacher begins his descent into madness. It was described by Robert Ebert as “Powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing” and Martin Scorsese reported “It left me speechless”.
The live desert blues interpretation of the film both shocked and thrilled audience members at the first sold out performance at Cactus Room, Melbourne in July 19′. Viewers of the successful screening stated that the live performance both enhanced and supported the already great film and is sure to be synonymous with their memory of an already well loved classic.
This new live re-interpretation is performed with full permission from the film’s Australian distributors, Mad Man Entertainment.
This new live accompaniment to ‘Wake in Fright’ combines an already unsettling film with the intensity of Rhyece O’Neill Band, one of Australia’s most compelling blues punk bands. The gothic blues guitar, driving bass and boogie near psychotic drums provide a truly stunning context for the film’s dialogue and subject matter. The Band’s re-imagined soundtrack offers viewers both new and seasoned a fresh window into this giant of Australian cinema.
Because this performance makes the screening of the film a main focus, the controversial nature of the film is still very prevalent. The film depicts a wide range of themes that are only suitable for an adult audience
With this new band he has recorded a new album called “Diamantina River Blues” it will be out in November.
- All gigs are socially distanced, 1.5 must be kept at all times
- No dancing or moshing
- Please arrive with your group so you can be together
- For shorter sessions there will be no pass outs due to COVID safe plans
- All details of ticket holders will be requited prior to entry
- Please stay home if you are unwell
Photo ID required for entry.