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
HeyUGuys

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
Independent

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
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
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
Alec Barniskis
Its full of shocking and uncompromising scenes, and given that it was made over 40 years ago that is impressive. I shouldn't sell the film entirely on that… More