>>225197>another guy shushed him saying "its us"
"Shut up mate, it is us" i recall was closer, and it was in a festival lol so some got mad seeing that as Australia's representative. Dirty-assed city slickin' coast vermin were appalled to see rurals and miners (and by default Australia decades before) in their full form and shit spiraling out of control if you didn't have your feet in the ground, practically the sophisticated teacher got schooled hard in "the school of life" aka da streetz by some of the town's eccentrics.
Kotcheff made the protag be this kind of punished dude stuck in purgatory, with the denizens not being bad but also not angels as they have flaws too, in the end they helped him be humble and a better person with maybe the downside of the inn keeper trying his best to hold laughter when the teacher returned because the gossip about what happened must've been juicy as hell.
It's kind of like Deliverance too, mutts got massively butthurt Euros loved the movie and some of the flyover states felt the movie was a fun adventure or one of those uncle stories about a bad turn in the road on a weekend, but the city fags thought it was an insult to the country and said such thing shouldn't exist, hence its repudiation and casting bad stereotypes to those who enjoyed it for what it was.
Every country has a movie making fun of themselves but at the same time being proud of their heritage, at the end of Wake in Fright the town's officer was still seen as a very reasonable and friendly crafty man like his introduction showed who could also resolve serious issues with social finesse, the grifter 'roo ball enjoyer was a mental work but still benevolent to his friends if very direct when speaking his mind, the rowdy 'roo hunters were brutal rural retards but at no moment stopped treating the teacher with respect and hospitality, hell the teacher basically lived drank and ate for free for a couple of days due to these guys, even the guy who offered a ride to the protag when he wandered in the desert offered him a beer despite being a total stranger and the guy who gave him a ride "back to the city" didn't charge him a penny when he realized he fucked up. Yet it's still called "a horror story" by pavement pansies.
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