Writer: Kenneth Cook (novel), Stephen M. Irwin
Director: Kriv Stenders
Producer: Luke Flynn, Corey Large, Felipe Dieppa
Running Time: 2 episodes
Release Date: 8 October 2017
Remake is a thankless task. Remake of the classic masterpiece is also dangerous task. Remake of such a fundamental
pillar of Australian cinema, as "Wake in fright", first of all, is ridiculous task.
One of the key films of the "Golden Age of Australian cinema" and the founder of the super-genre "ozploitation", "Wake in
fright" by Canadian director Ted Kotcheff made his way to the viewers twice. For the first time it was in 1971, after the Cannes
triumph. And after almost forty years of oblivion, when it has been restored and digitized.
Today, this old picture, based on the novel by Kenneth Cook, with its stellar cast (Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Gary
Bond, Jack Thompson), with its classic collection of all Australian archetypes and film approaches, is surrounded by the recognition of
But generations will never converge on the issues of perception of artistic forms. Therefore, remake is a natural task.
A middle-class man from the big city, John Grant heavily accepts the necessity to work as a school teacher in a remote
township in a dull outback. The long-awaited Christmas holiday should reunite him with his girlfriend waiting for him in Sydney. But a
short stop in a small mining town called "The Yabba" turns his life upside down.
The good people of Yabba, led by local authority, Sergeant Jock Crawford, meet the young man cordially. The evening
ends with drinking and favorite gambling of Australian "cowboys". And in the morning, the sobered-up teacher discovers himself
without a penny in his pocket and is deeply stuck in this hospitable entrance to the underworld with his daily drinking, dirty
copulations and bloody funs.
The dream of reason, as you known, produces monsters. And it's not a fact that you can get rid of them later, just waking
Sean Keenan ... John Grant
David Wenham ... Sergeant Jock Crawford
Alex Dimitriades ...Doc Tydon
Gary Sweet ...Tim Hynes
Caren Pistorius ...Janette Hynes
Hannah Fredericksen ...Robyn
Robyn Malcolm ...Ursula Hynes