Wake in Fright

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“Powerful, genuinely shocking, and rather amazing!” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“This tale of endless debauchery is unforgettable. Vibrant with color, atmosphere, emotion, violence and dread. It’s simultaneously terrifying and hilarious, a full-on shotgun blast to the face of rediscovered 1970s weirdness ...” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

Wake in Fright is a deeply – and I mean deeply – unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it's beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time. I’m excited that Wake in Fright has been preserved and restored and that it is finally getting the exposure it deserves.” – Martin Scorsese (2012)


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


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Read an interview with director Ted Kotcheff



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