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Wake in Fright 

A young schoolteacher finds himself marooned in a small mining town in the outback, where a string of dangerous events render him a broken, desperate man.




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Series cast summary:
Sean Keenan ...  John Grant 2 episodes, 2017
Alex Dimitriades ...  Doc Tydon 2 episodes, 2017
Caren Pistorius ...  Janette Hynes 2 episodes, 2017
Gary Sweet ...  Tim Hynes 2 episodes, 2017
Robyn Malcolm ...  Ursula Hynes 2 episodes, 2017
Anna Samson ...  Mick Jaffries 2 episodes, 2017
Lee Jones ...  Joe Jaffries 2 episodes, 2017
Jada Alberts ...  Sandy Fanshawe 2 episodes, 2017
David Wenham ...  Jock Crawford 2 episodes, 2017
Di Adams ...  Joyce 2 episodes, 2017
Fayssal Bazzi ...  Donald 2 episodes, 2017
Elissa Burke Elissa Burke ...  Maisy 2 episodes, 2017
Randall Dart Randall Dart ...  Vic Killen 2 episodes, 2017
Alan Dukes ...  Wayne 2 episodes, 2017
Hannah Fredericksen ...  Robyn 2 episodes, 2017
Gregory J. Fryer Gregory J. Fryer ...  Thomas 2 episodes, 2017
Sonya Giesekam Sonya Giesekam ...  Robyn's Mum 2 episodes, 2017
Jason Lee Hansen Jason Lee Hansen ...  Charlie 2 episodes, 2017
Muriel Hunter Muriel Hunter ...  Indigenous Girl 2 episodes, 2017
Andrew David James Andrew David James ...  Tattooed Barman 2 episodes, 2017
John MacLeod John MacLeod ...  Elderly Man 2 episodes, 2017
Andrew McGregor Andrew McGregor ...  Yindee Barman 2 episodes, 2017
Paula Nazarski Paula Nazarski ...  Bea 2 episodes, 2017
Iziah Nean Iziah Nean ...  Lucas 2 episodes, 2017
James Parbery James Parbery ...  Desk Sergeant 2 episodes, 2017
Josephine Peter Josephine Peter ...  Elderly Woman 2 episodes, 2017
Jerome Pride ...  Small Driver 2 episodes, 2017
Heath Williams Heath Williams ...  Lifesaver 2 episodes, 2017
Philip Partridge ...  Luke 2 episodes, 2017
Jesse Rowles Jesse Rowles ...  Worker 2 episodes, 2017
Hunter Stratton Boland ...  Lizard Boy (uncredited) 2 episodes, 2017
Christopher Tauro Christopher Tauro ...  Two Up Controller 2 episodes, 2017
Matthew Vandenbergh Matthew Vandenbergh ...  Two Up Controller 2 episodes, 2017
Timothy James Cooper Timothy James Cooper ...  RSL Worker 2 episodes, 2017
Michael Grant Michael Grant ...  RSL Worker 2 episodes, 2017
Tomo Jovanovic Tomo Jovanovic ...  RSL Worker 2 episodes, 2017
Dale McGuffin Dale McGuffin ...  RSL Worker 2 episodes, 2017
Joseph O'Connor Joseph O'Connor ...  RSL Worker 2 episodes, 2017
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This new adaptation of Kenneth Cook's classic Australian novel will tell the story of John Grant, a young schoolteacher who descends into his own personal nightmare after being stranded in the small outback mining town of Bundanyabba. Provocative, morally complex and brilliantly realized, Wake In Fright is guaranteed to stay with viewers long into the night and - possibly - for years to come. Written by AnonymousB

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A dim-witted re-make
13 November 2017 | by ozjosh03See all my reviews

I'm not entirely convinced that the original Wake In Fright is quite the timeless classic some movie historians deem it to be. Nevertheless, it was atmospheric and haunting, and, if nothing else, remains interesting as a scathing critique of a certain type of toxic Aussie masculinity. So the first thing one has to wonder about this TV re-make is why in up-dating the story they felt the need to convert so many of the key characters from male to female. I've nothing against positive discrimination where it works for the story, or where it makes absolutely no difference. But since masculinity is central to Wake In Fright, it seems rather a strange decision. It dilutes the theme almost to the point where it no longer really asserts itself. And it undermines the drama in other ways too. The original is set in the kind of remote outback town where men massively outnumber women, and that explains some of what happens along the way. In this version it's a considerably bigger regional town, with enough women and suburban amenities to significantly change things. It also doesn't help that they've chosen to make John Grant even more gormless. This is partly Sean Keenan coming across more like a clueless teen than just a city bloke out of his element. But Grant is also infuriatingly spineless, especially in how he submits to alcohol and gambling, even though the pressure to do so is neither dramatised, nor a given. The reckless boozing makes much more sense in the 70s film, shot at a time when macho competitive drinking was still a thing. But is an educated twentysomething not being able to say "no" to another beer really as believable today? They could quite possibly have made it believable, but they didn't. It's just one of the ways in which this production sidesteps the problems that come with up- dating the story. (Like referring to the pokies being pulled out of the RSL - as if that's ever happened!) At best, Wake in Fright is pretty to look at - as is Sean Keenan. But the muddle-headed re-imagining of the story undermines believability and suspense at every turn.

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