Wake in Fright

Riverside Archives

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Screen Café

Wake in Fright

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 05 August 2013

A film by Ted Kotcheff

– David Fear, Time Out New York

Considered an Australian classic and one of the most important Australian films ever produced. Psychologically confronting and brutal, yet visually stunning, Wake in Fright gets under your skin one encounter at a time. It tells the story of a young English teacher, John Grant (Gary Bond) who arrives at an outback mining town planning to stay overnight en route to Sydney, however fate intervenes.

Meeting the local policeman Jock Crawford (Chips Raffety), John is taken on a pub crawl and joins forces with “Doc” (Donald Pleasance) which leads to five debauched days of hell – gambling, drinking and roo shooting.

Based on Kenneth Cook’s 1961 novel, the movie was produced in 1971 directed by Ted Kotcheff. Nominated for the Golden Palm Award, it is thought by many in the film industry to be the start of the renaissance of Australian movies.

In 1996 its producer, the veteran entertainer, Bobby Limb, wondered what had become of the film. A 10 year search by the screen editor, Tony Buckley, found the negative in a CBS vault in Pittsburgh. He collaborated with the National Film and Sound Archive to painstakingly restore the film, returning it to its original version. Screen Café is presenting it in its original uncompromising form.

Classification: M

Dates & Times:
7:00pm, Monday 5th August

Members $7, Non-Members $12*
*Transaction fees may apply


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