Wake in Fright (AKA Outback)
1971 • Australia/ USA • 114 mins • Colour
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty
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In 60s Australia, John Grant (Gary Bond), is an Education Department bonded teacher at a tiny outback school. Making his way to Sydney for the holidays, John takes the train but stops overnight in Bundayabba.

Drawn into the 'Yabba's' culture of drinking and gambling, he becomes embroiled in the locals' insular and threatening world.
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Cinema Studies Student Union, Cinssu, Toronto
November 22, 2013


PHI Centre, Montreal
Nov 14, 2012

TIFF/ Bell Lightbox, Toronto
Starts March 29, 2013

Vancity Theatre, Vancouver
March 29 & 30, 2013

Regina Public Library
April 11 - 14, 2013

Metro Cinema, Edmonton
April 26, 2013

Carbon Arc, Halifax
May 17, 2013

Winnipeg Cinematheque, MB
May 17,18, 19, 23, 2013

Carbon Arc (THRILLEMA), Halifax, NS
April 20, 2013

Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, ON
June 28, 29 and 30, 2013

Rio Theatre, Vancouver, BC
July 16, 2013

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"Ted Kotcheff and the eight-foot, one-eyed kangaroo" - Interview with director Ted Kotcheff
- Globe and Mail

"Wake In Fright’s corrosive take on masculinity makes the film feel well ahead of its time"
- NOW Magazine

9 out of 10! "…director Ted Kotcheff—a Toronto native who’d soon return to Canada to make movies like The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz—maintains a steely grip on a tale that lost little of its audacity or ferocity whileit languished unseen."
- The Grid

"Wake In Fright is a harsh reminder that, in the absence of hope or ambition, the bestial is only ever a binge away."
- Exclaim

3.5 out of 4! "Kotcheff burrows into his haughty lead's descent into himself--a stand-in for every thirtysomething man's realization that his coming-of-age has already happened, to no discernible effect--with a nihilist precision that's tough to shake off."
- Film Freak Central

4 out of 5 "Truly a slow boiling, humanistic type of horror film, "Wake in Fright" will sit with you for a long while after you watch it, quite simply because it is something that you can easily believe in. Gripping cinema at its finest."
- Examiner

"Movie oddities get a second shot at cult stardom"
- Toronto Star

"How Alamo makes a moviegoing experience to remember"
- Toronto Star

"I'm not sure why these two films are having brief theatrical runs through North American theatres right now, but they're now arriving in Toronto courtesy of FilmsWeLike and you won't hear any complaining on my end,"
- BlogTO

"Wake In Fright is a must see movie for cinephiles."
- Toronto Film Scene

"likely the best film Ted Kotcheff ever made"
- Fangoria

"Wake in Fright" is a film made in Australia in 1971 and almost lost forever. It's not dated. It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing. It comes billed as a "horror film" and contains a great deal of horror, but all of the horror is human and brutally realistic."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times