Wake in Fright (2012)



Critic Consensus: A disquieting classic of Australian cinema, Wake in Fright surveys a landscape both sun-drenched and ruthlessly dark.

Movie Info

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 night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Kenneth Cook, Evan Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2013
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as John Grant

as Doc Tydon

as Jock Crawford

as Janette Hynes

as Tim Hynes

as Charlie

as Receptionist

as Joe the Cook

as Charlie Jones

as Stubbs

as Joyce

as Pig Eyes

as 1st Controller

as 2nd Controller

as Stockman

as Van Driver

as Poker Player
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Critic Reviews for Wake in Fright

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This movie gets under your skin.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

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

Full Review… | March 12, 2014

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

Full Review… | March 9, 2014
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review… | March 7, 2014

Audience Reviews for Wake in Fright

A shocking, brutal and jaw dropping portrait of Australia, insanity, social horror and the battles of human soul. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

this was a blast

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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