Wake in Fright
Wake in Fright (2012)

Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba, planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, as his one… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 15, 2013
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Consensus: A disquieting classic of Australian cinema, Wake in Fright surveys a landscape both sun-drenched and ruthlessly dark.

Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Several decades later, it still chills.

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Adam Lowes

Wake in Fright is an absolute must-see for fans of cult, off-kilter cinema.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

A Conradian parable of a man succumbing to the wild, the film is remarkable for its raw, pointed dithe suggests, and you'll find the beast concealed behind the mask of propriety.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Wake in Fright" is true horror.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Blends staged re-enactments with documentary footage of senseless slaughter to extremely distressing effect.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

"Wake in Fright" is a monster movie, and the monster is us.

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Geoffrey Macnab

Brilliantly directed by Kotcheff, the film has the disorienting and menacing quality of Joseph Losey films such as Accident and The Servant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
A shocking, brutal and jaw dropping portrait of Australia, insanity, social horror and the battles of human soul. Fresh.
Pierluigi Puccini
The australian outback shown as a gigantic prison. A claustrophobic and asphyxiating no man's land where only the strong can survive. And no matter how far… More
Nicki Marie
Pretty grin viewing. Also a bit of animal cruelty which makes it hard to stomach. Not a bad 70's drama, but once was more than enough for me.
The Movie Waffler
One of the earliest entries of the Australian New Wave movement, this is a cracking tale of a middle class teacher who becomes stuck in a, by his ideals… More
Stella Dallas
this was a blast
Joey Shapiro
Wake in Fright is, for a variety of reasons, a very difficult movie to watch. There isn't much plot development after 20 or 30 minutes, it's very… More