Ted Kotcheff's Wake in Fright hadn't been seen in years, and despite inclusion in the 1971 Cannes Film Festival and rave reviews, was thought to be a "lost" film. Fortunately, the original negatives were discovered, restored and now Wake in Fright is getting another theatrical release in America, over four decades later. The hard-hitting drama stars Gary Bond as a teacher forced to take an assignment in the remote Outback, but when he loses all of his money gambling he's thrust into a series of unfortunate events just to stay alive. You can see a preview of the gambling sequence above, only at CraveOnline.
Martin Scorsese says: “Wake In Fright is a deeply – and I mean deeply – unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it's beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time, right along with the protagonist played by Gary Bond. I’m excited that Wake In Fright has been preserved and restored and that it is finally getting the exposure it deserves.”
Drafthouse Films releases Wake in Fright at the Film Forum in New York on October 5, 2012 and at the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles on October 19, 2012. A national release will follow.