So this was life in an Australian country town.
Menace – booze – violence and for me the threat: conform or die.
All this is ancient history.
But in the past few days I have seen two Australian films that have brought it all back.
First is the Australian documentary Hotel Coolgardie – which has just been released and the second is 1971’s Wake in Fright – screening now on iView.
Both are set in pubs in Australian country towns and both deal with that classic set-up: an outsider comes to town.
Although they may not intend to both also deal with conformity – what happens when an outsider does not play by the rules of that community.
They get fucked over.
Of course they do.
The outsider never wins in these Australian films..