Wake In Fright

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1971 | Colour
  • Running time: 114 min
  • Production Co: Group W, NLT
  • Distribution Co: United Artists
  • Directed by Ted Kotcheff
  • Produced by George Willoughby
  • Written by Kenneth Cook, Evan Jones
  • Starring: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson
  • Cinematography by Brian West
  • Original music by John Scott
  • Film editing by Anthony Buckley

Also Known As

  • Outback


  • Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here.


Wake in Fright tells the story of a young schoolteacher who descends into personal moral degradation after finding himself stranded in a brutal, menacing town in outback Australia. For many years, the film enjoyed a reputation as Australia's great "lost film" because of its unavailability on VHS or DVD, as well as its absence from television broadcasts. In mid-2009, however, a thoroughly restored digital re-release was shown in Australian theatres to considerable acclaim. Later that year it was issued commercially on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Wake in Fright is now recognised as a seminal film of the Australian New Wave. (Wikipedia)

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