Wake in Fright

(2012)

Directed by Ted Kotcheff (Rambo: First Blood, North Dallas Forty), the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia.

EXCLUSIVE: Director Ted Kotcheff Talks Bringing ‘Wake in Fright’ Back to Life on Blu-ray

EXCLUSIVE: Director Ted Kotcheff Talks Bringing ‘Wake in Fright’ Back to Life on Blu-ray

Director Ted Kotcheff Talks Wake in Fright, fully-restored and on Blu-ray now!

Wake in Fright is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate this home release, we caught up with director Ted Kotcheff to chat about the film's revival and its near destruction. Ted is a luminary in the field of action cinema, with classics like First Blood, Uncommon Valor, and North Dallas Forty to his name. He's also no stranger to comedy, responsible for one of the greatest cult films of the 80s, Weekend at Bernie's. And his TV career is just as amazing, having spent twelve years as the executive producer behind the long running critical and audience hit drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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‘Wake in Fright’ Blu-ray and DVD Debut January 15th

‘Wake in Fright’ Blu-ray and DVD Debut January 15th

A schoolteacher gets waylaid in the Australian outback and takes a journey into the heart of darkness in Wake in Fright, a revered and groundbreaking thriller that for 40 years lived only in the memory of its initial viewers. But following its miraculous recovery and restoration, the "lost" film made a triumphant return to screens nationwide this fall. Now it will make its home entertainment debut when Drafthouse Films releases it on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on January 15, 2013.

Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood, North Dallas Forty, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz), the movie tells the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into personal demoralization at the hands of the deranged, hard-drinking residents of a remote Australian town. John Grant (Gary Bond, Anne of the Thousand Days, the BBC's Great Expectations) teaches at a tiny school in the outback. On his way to Sydney to catch a vacation flight, he stops in a rural mining town, where he is reluctantly drawn into the macho antics of the local men. After losing his money in the gambling game two-up, he is taken on a drunken and brutal kangaroo hunt with three of the beer-guzzling louts - a horrifying ordeal that culminates in a shattering sexual assault.

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Three ‘Wake in Fright’ Clips

Three ‘Wake in Fright’ Clips

Following the trailer from last month, Drafthouse Films has released three clips from the newly-restored version of Wake in Fright, director Ted Kotcheff's 1971 Australian film that was thought to be lost forever. The studio recently unearthed the original negatives and have restored this thriller to its original glory, debuting in New York October 5 and in Los Angeles October 19. Take a look at these scenes from the long-lost classic, starring Gary Bond and Donald Pleasence.

Wake in Fright was released October 5th, 2012.

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‘Wake in Fright’ Trailer

‘Wake in Fright’ Trailer

Drafthouse Films has released the first trailer for the newly-restored version of Wake in Fright, director Ted Kotcheff's 1971 classic that was thought to be lost forever. Gary Bond stars as a British teacher who is tormented by the locals in a small Australian outback town, with a memorable turn by Donald Pleasence as an alcoholic doctor. The film has never been released on VHS or DVD in the United States, but it will make its glorious return to theaters, opening in New York City October 5 and in Los Angeles October 19, with a national roll-out to follow. Take a look at this harrowing drama.

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Combining the backwoods horror of Deliverance and the gritty nihilism of Straw Dogs, the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher's (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts (including a very inebriated "doctor" played by Donald Pleasence), while stranded in a small town in outback Australia.

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‘Wake in Fright’ Gets Restoration Re-Release from Drafthouse Films

‘Wake in Fright’ Gets Restoration Re-Release from Drafthouse Films

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced today their acquisition of North American rights to classic Australian thriller Wake in Fright. Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema.

Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood), the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia.

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