Wake in Fright (2012)


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


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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 a rifle with one bullet left... Believed lost for many years, Wake in Fright has been painstakingly restored by Australia's National Film and Sound Archive and AtLab Deluxe, and is presented in its original uncompromising form. -- (C) Drafthouse Films

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Critic Reviews for Wake in Fright

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (11)

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

Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 1, 2012 | Full Review…

It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.

Nov 1, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Several decades later, it still chills.

Oct 25, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

"Wake in Fright" is true horror.

Oct 19, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Oct 11, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Wake in Fright


An educated teacher stuck in an backward Aussie Outback town learns about beer drinking, gambling, beer drinking, hunting kangaroos, beer drinking and "d'yawanna anofer beer, mate, there's a good lad." An Australian-style Deliverance, no banjo, no river, but plenty of "squeal like a pig, boy!" Also, be prepared for the wholesale killing of about 20 kangaroos ... despite it being integral to the story.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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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
Nicki Marie

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this was a blast

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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