in about 100 words or less
Australia/US 114m, Colour
Director: Ted Kotcheff; Cast: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, John Meillon, Jack Thompson
Wake in Fright is a dark psychological drama based on Kenneth Cook’s 1961 novel of the same name about John Grant, a school teacher who is contractually coerced to work in outback Australia. Finding himself destitute in “the Yabba” after losing all his money the night before he is to leave for Sydney, John’s life quickly spirals out of control in an alcohol fueled spree of unwanted sexual encounters, debauchery and kangaroo killing. Wake in Fright is an original gritty, dusty and dirty nightmare that explores how individual will can be usurped by mob mentality, no matter how damaging the behavior (Klaus Ming November 2016).