WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S
1989, 20th Century Fox, 97 min, Dir: Ted Kotcheff

In this black comedy hit, Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard Parker (Jonathan Silverman) discover fraud at their insurance company and dutifully inform their superior, Bernie (Terry Kiser) - without realizing that he’s behind it. When Bernie’s partners in crime bump him off to ensure his silence, Larry and Richard hope to survive by maintaining the illusion that their boss is still alive. With Catherine Mary Stewart.


WAKE IN FRIGHT
1971, Drafthouse Films, 108 min, Dir: Ted Kotcheff

Among the films that kickstarted a new wave of Australian cinema in the 1970s, WAKE IN FRIGHT was M.I.A. for decades until this stunning HD restoration. Schoolteacher Gary Bond finds himself stranded in the Outback mining town of Bundanyabba, where Donald Pleasence and the other local drunkards soon reduce him to their primitive level. “WAKE IN FRIGHT is a deeply – and I mean deeply – unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it's beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time.” - Martin Scorsese.


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