Wake in Fright


Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, the astonishing 1971 “Outback Shocker” Wake in Fright is widely considered to be one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Ted Kotcheff (otherwise best known for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Stallone’s First Blood, and Weekend at Bernie’s!), and starring Donald Pleasence (Halloween, The Great Escape), the film tells the nightmarish story of a young schoolteacher’s (Gary Bond, Zulu) descent into personal demoralization and degradation at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in the Australian Outback. Sex, violence, excessive drinking and a very graphic kangaroo hunt become key elements of our hero’s descent into Aussie hell. Believed to be lost for decades after screening at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, and virtually unseen in America until now, Wake in Fright now returns to the screen fully-restored in stunning HD (thanks to the efforts of The National Film and Sound Archives of Australia). Don’t miss the theatrical re-rerelease of what the New York Observer says “may be the greatest Australian film ever made.” (Dir. by Ted Kotcheff, 1971, Australia, 114 min., Not Rated, Drafthouse Films) HD Digital Presentation