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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 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
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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
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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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8 October 2017 (Australia) See more »

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Edge of seat for me....
1 November 2017 | by dnj-96166See all my reviews

This remake of a classic really does work...for the most part. I was reluctant to watch this new TV adaptation having recently seen the 1971 film again. The story meanders considerably from the original novel and screenplay...primarily I would think to cater for more recent generations. It does not detract... although minor irritations become more than obvious..For instance, John Grants cell 'phone continually displays "No Signal" even when he is located in the middle of a fairly sizeable mining town in 2016!

The cinematography is splendid, certainly rivalling the original movie. The sun-bright, yet dark, landscape and decaying town paints a delicious background for Grants seemingly endless nightmare. Part two of the mini series, with Grant on the run, is classic "edge of the seat" movie making, although, I found the frequent "speed of light" hangover and drug tinged collages to be rather too long and a distraction at times. Other viewers may feel the opposite...

The acting varied. Sean Keenan plays Grant with even more desolation and desperation than did Gary Bond whilst maintaining the characters basic personality. Highlight is David Wenham as the cop..playing a bigger role than did Chips Rafferty, and with an even larger degree of congeniality,descending into a sinister menace and back again! I feel the weakest role was the new character on the Wake In Fright block, Anna Samson, overacting to the hilt as the harridan Mick Jaffries, with a performance lifted straight from the 1970s series Prisoner!!! Similarly, Alex Dimitriades was no match for the slimy Donald Pleasance in the part of Doc Tydon. Overall, I recommend this remake.The good considerably outweighs any negatives. The spirit of the original remains very well intact despite most of the modernisation.

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