Rent Wake in Fright (1971)

3.8 of 5 from 147 ratings
1h 49min
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Synopsis:
A middle-class schoolteacher, stuck in a government-enforced teaching post in an arid backwater, stops off in the mining town of Bundanyabba on his way home for the Christmas holidays. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the financial independence to move back to Sydney for good, the opportunity proves irresistible. But the bad decisions are just beginning and a reliance on local standards of hospitality in "the Yabba" may take him on a path darker than ever expected.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
George Willoughby
Writers:
Evan Jones, Kenneth Cook
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
Australia
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/03/2014
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature length audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley
  • Video interview from 2009 with Ted Kotcheff
  • ABC's 7:30 Report: video piece on the rediscovery and restoration of the film
  • Who Needs Art?: vintage piece on Wake in Fright
  • Chips Rafferty obituary clip
  • Outback: TV spot
  • UK Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/03/2014
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Feature length audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley
  • Video interview from 2009 with Ted Kotcheff
  • ABC's 7:30 Report: video piece on the rediscovery and restoration of the film
  • Who Needs Art?: vintage piece on Wake in Fright
  • Chips Rafferty obituary clip
  • Outback: TV spot
  • UK Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (5) of Wake in Fright

Schadenfreude. - Wake in Fright review by Steve Mason

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10/11/2013

An atmospheric, well acted film with a slow build and a strong sense of location. Great to see Mr Aussie cinema Chips Rafferty in an enjoyable performance. And amusing to note how English and louche the victim, Gary Bond, driven to the end of himself by his experiences of the outback. Not as brutal as I thought it might be, though the real footage of the slaughter of kangaroos was upsetting. Mostly, comedy is closely tied up with the aggro.

As much satire as horror. One that wouldn't have impressed the Australian tourist board. Maybe a bit of allegory in there about the way society deals with otherness. A must see for lovers of the outre, students of Aussie cinema, and horror enthusiasts.

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Horrible film - Wake in Fright review by MD

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03/08/2019

A truly awful film. Starts promisingly, but then seems to get stuck in a groove of loutishness. A bunch of outback yobs go on a drunken rampage. There is a repulsive episode with real footage of kangaroos being hunted. The film does have a story to it, but it's completely lost in the awfulness of it. The only redeeming feature is Donald Pleasance, who is both funny and nasty at the same time.

2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

A Nasty Piece Of Work - Wake in Fright review by NK

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04/04/2020

Not a nice film and very much 'of its time' (translation - nobody would make a film like this now). The unlikable protagonist is an arrogant, pompous, yet weak-willed school teacher with a plummy actor-ish accent that grates on your nerves and a face you just want to slap. Traveling home from his remote teaching post in the Outback for the holidays he stops off in the town of Bandanyabba, where he gets drawn into a gambling game and very quickly loses all his money. Penniless and destitute in a strange town, the locals take him under their wing and offer hospitality in the form of an extended macho beer-drinking bender, culminating in a kangaroo "hunt". This hunt is an absolute massacre with real footage of wild kangaroos actually being shot, often at close range, interspersed with shots of red-faced blokes laughing and cheering. If this is your kind of thing you're in for a treat - otherwise avoid.

1 out of 4 members found this review helpful.