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Wake in Fright Blu-ray and DVD Debut January 15th

19 December 2012 10:48 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A schoolteacher gets waylaid in the Australian outback and takes a journey into the heart of darkness in Wake in Fright, a revered and groundbreaking thriller that for 40 years lived only in the memory of its initial viewers. But following its miraculous recovery and restoration, the "lost" film made a triumphant return to screens nationwide this fall. Now it will make its home entertainment debut when Drafthouse Films releases it on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on January 15, 2013.

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films of modern Australian cinema. Author Neil Rattigan, in his book about the New Australian Cinema, Images of Australia, called it "a cinematic trip into hell. ... No other Australian film offers such a savage indictment of a great number of cherished cultural perceptions."

Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood, North Dallas Forty, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz »

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3 New Clips from Ted Kotcheff's Wake In Fright classic

3 October 2012 2:45 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch 3 new clips from the Wake in Fright thriller brought to the screen again by Drafthouse FIlms. The Australian landmark thriller helmed by Ted Kotcheff (known for his work on the classic Sylvester Stallone starrer Rambo: First Blood), opens in theaters on November 5th (New York), Los Angeles on October 19th and nationally from October to November. The film made its debut at Cannes in 1971 and is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay and Jack Thompson star in the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Virtually unseen in the United States and renowned in its home country after years of neglect, Wake in Fright is ripe for rediscovery and returns to cinemas, »

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3 New Clips from Ted Kotcheff's Wake In Fright classic

3 October 2012 2:45 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch 3 new clips from the Wake in Fright thriller brought to the screen again by Drafthouse FIlms. The Australian landmark thriller helmed by Ted Kotcheff (known for his work on the classic Sylvester Stallone starrer Rambo: First Blood), opens in theaters on November 5th (New York), Los Angeles on October 19th and nationally from October to November. The film made its debut at Cannes in 1971 and is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay and Jack Thompson star in the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Virtually unseen in the United States and renowned in its home country after years of neglect, Wake in Fright is ripe for rediscovery and returns to cinemas, »

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Three Wake in Fright Clips

2 October 2012 4:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the trailer from last month, Drafthouse Films has released three clips from the newly-restored version of Wake in Fright, director Ted Kotcheff's 1971 Australian film that was thought to be lost forever. The studio recently unearthed the original negatives and have restored this thriller to its original glory, debuting in New York October 5 and in Los Angeles October 19. Take a look at these scenes from the long-lost classic, starring Gary Bond and Donald Pleasence.

Wake In Flight - Could Be Worse

Wake In Flight - Drink It Down

Wake In Flight - On the Train

Wake in Fright comes to theaters October 5th, 2012 and stars Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, Peter Whittle, Al Thomas, John Meillon. The film is directed by Ted Kotcheff. »

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Wake In Fright | Review

2 October 2012 11:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Down & Outback: Lost Australian Classic a Moody Nightmare

Long considered a lost classic, spurring a decade long search for the film’s negative (which ended finally in 2004 when it was found in a box marked for destruction in Pittsburgh), Ted Kotcheff’s Wake In Fright is getting a much deserved re-release after enjoying a recent spat of revitalized festival circuit glory. While the film’s been listed among a selection of titles referred to as Ozploitation, thanks to the 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood, Kotcheff’s film is more Ozploration than it is an exploitative mechanism. That’s not to say it isn’t without some sensational, notorious sequences, but clearly this is cinema that is more on par with contemporary auteurs that explored the Outback to more celebratory effect like Weir, Schepisi, and fellow Brit, Nicolas Roeg.

A bonded school teacher, John Grant (Gary Bond), stationed in Tiboondi, the »

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Wake in Fright Trailer

17 September 2012 5:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Drafthouse Films has released the first trailer for the newly-restored version of Wake in Fright, director Ted Kotcheff's 1971 classic that was thought to be lost forever. Gary Bond stars as a British teacher who is tormented by the locals in a small Australian outback town, with a memorable turn by Donald Pleasence as an alcoholic doctor. The film has never been released on VHS or DVD in the United States, but it will make its glorious return to theaters, opening in New York City October 5 and in Los Angeles October 19, with a national roll-out to follow. Take a look at this harrowing drama.

Wake In Fright - Trailer

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Combining the backwoods horror of Deliverance and the gritty nihilism of Straw Dogs, the film tells the »

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Wake in Fright Gets Restoration Re-Release from Drafthouse Films

19 July 2012 2:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced today their acquisition of North American rights to classic Australian thriller Wake in Fright. Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema.

Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood), the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia.

Virtually unseen in the United States and renowned in its home country after years of neglect, Wake in Fright is ripe for rediscovery and returns to cinemas beginning with engagements at Film Forum in New York City on October 5th, The NuArt in Los Angeles on October 19th and expanding to additional markets before a home video and VOD release in Q1 of 2013.

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