“All the little devils are proud of hell.”
Directed by Ted Kotcheff (‘Weekend At Bernies’ and ‘First Blood’) ‘Wake In Fright’ is an Australian New Wave film that was almost lost forever. The film was originally released in 1971 and restored in 2009 after a print of the film was discovered and almost destroyed. It’s an unflattering and unsantized look at life in the Australian bush based on a 1961 novel by the same name and it’s also one of the greatest pieces of Australian cinema ever made.
Indiewire also has a great interview with Director Ted Kotcheff from 2012 that discusses the film’s rediscovery, as well as the impact ‘Wake In Fright’ had on Australian cinema and Martin Scorsese.
If our video review of ‘Wake In Fright’ makes you interested in checking out the film, you can pick it up from Drafthouse Films either digitally or on DVD and Blu-ray.