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Wake in Fright (1971) - Donald Pleasence


Released: 4th November 2009
Classification: M
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
RRP $14.95

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Brutal, uncompromising and stunning, Wake in Fright tells is the story of a young teacher, John Grant, who arrives in a rough outback mining town planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, on this one hot night in Bundanyabba, Grant decides to go into a smoky, crowded pub . . .

However, one night stretches to five, in which he discovers gambling, ruins himself financially and plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left . . .

There is no Australian film quite like Wake in Fright. Nominated cinema's ultimate prize, the Palme d'Or, at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival and still as raw and fresh today as it was then, rediscover this lost cinematic masterpiece as it screens for the first time in over 30 years.


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Wake in Fright

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amongst the best


from Wanganui NZ

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  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Great Acting


  • For Mature Audience
  • Limited Appeal

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Comments about Wake in Fright:

This was the film that once was lost and then was found. after decades it still ranks with the best

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Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Barcode: 9322225194175
Classification: M (Violence and mature themes)
Encoding: PAL
Format: DVD
Language: English
Number of Discs: 1
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 4th November 2009
Running Time: 92.0 mins
Subtitles: None