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Wake In Fright

Season 1
A young schoolteacher finds himself marooned in a small mining town in the outback, where a string of dangerous events render him a broken, desperate man.
Sean KeenanAlex DimitriadesCaren Pistorius
English [CC]
Audio Languages

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  1. 1. Part 1
    8 September 2011
    1 h 19 min
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    Stranded in the outback town of Bundanyabba, school teacher John Grant faces a series of dangerous actions, reckless decisions and wild mistakes that will change his life forever.
  2. 2. Part 2
    15 September 2017
    1 h 20 min
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    John Grant's unnerving outback experience continues. He's chosen a dark and dangerous path, will he Survive?

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Kriv Stenders
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Gary SweetAnna SamsonLee JonesJada Alberts
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Network Ten
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3.9 out of 5 stars

11 global ratings

  1. 42% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 21% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 16% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 0% of reviews have 1 stars
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The Lonely ScribeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
It had me engrossed right from the off. What I especially liked was because of the cleverly constructed flash- backs, the viewer in never quite sure if the main protagonist is as innocent as he pretends to be, or if he isn't at least partly culpable and responsible for the unfolding nightmare he finds himself in. Also, it was nice to be exposed to a visual and tonal pallette which differs significantly from that of the American films I usually end up watching. So put your feet up, crack open a "coldy" and enjoy.
3 people found this helpful
Doc CulbardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 July 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Life is not all that it seems in the Australian outback
Having spent my youth and early adulthood in Australia, I am naturally attracted to Australian productions, especially when they involve the Australian outback. Life there seems to be basic and hard. So, I had seen the original movie of Wake in Fright, though the details were blurry. Therefore, when it appeared as an extended series, it seemed a good chance to renew my acquaintance with Australian actors, scenery, and appropriate plots for movies and TV series.
It failed to make an immediate impact as the plot appeared to be somewhat contrived. Indeed, as the series progressed it had plot twists that appeared too obvious to be taken seriously, as well as a lead character, a schoolteacher called John Grant (played by Sean Kennan), who was far too easily led and seemed uncharacteristically unable to read the characters of those he met. All too soon he was embroiled in a succession of life situations in the town of Bundanyabba from which increasingly he seemed unable to extricate himself.
Other characters in the film seemed somewhat contradictory in nature - the viewer was never quite sure which way to read them, with the consequence that the impression was given that each of them was out to cause trouble for our embattled teacher.
It was good to see David Wenham, Gary Sweet, and Alex Dimitriades - three favourite and well-used TV and movie actors down-under - in this film. Wenham was the town's weather-beaten, unemotional, yet thoughtful, police chief; Sweet a confused and probably disillusioned real estate salesman; Dimitriades, in what must be viewed as one of his least attractive roles, played a dishevelled and down at heel doctor caught-up in the quagmire that was Bundanyabba.
The two part (movie length parts) required loyalty to retain an interest, but, as the film progressed towards its denouement, it acquired renewed interest as the experiences of the lead characters were developed. The conclusion was satisfying, even if somewhat anti-climactical. Worth a watch.
One person found this helpful
Mrs ER SoundyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb in every way!
Can't believe this only has 2 reviews, but they were good enough to draw me to this gem. Educated young teacher in rural outback of Australia wants to return to Sydney, but on the way, gets stuck in fading, isolated, insular town, in the middle of nowhere. Through bad luck, stupidity, incompetence, and the trickery of others, he becomes mired in a series of ever-worsening mishaps. Wonderful claustrophobic, nightmarish atmosphere, first rate acting, excellent all round. So glad I stumbled on this two-part wonder. The ending is as it should be - thematically and emotionally satisfying!
3 people found this helpful
David RReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Becomes progressively sillier as it goes on
Starts well and then descends into one lame cliche after another - very minor spoilers ahead.. like, super minor -

EVERYONE in the town just so happens to be extremely hostile and weird.

In every scene, the lead is offered yet another drink, which he has in spite of saying he doesn't want to - he must be drunk for the majority of this show (as are most of the other people in the town).

The angry and aggressive townspeople are so one-dimensional and cliched that they looked like something out of Scooby Doo.

It just got stupid and I gave up after watching ALL of the first episode and about a quarter of the second

oh yeah, endless, tiresome arty flashbacks of girlfriend in the sea.
PixieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A study in physical & psychological trauma ..
A study in physical & psychological trauma ..
where nuances constantly weave & flow overlapping, from the first bump of concussion that triggers the up-welling & unfolding of inner trauma, the inner pain of guilt & the terror that comes with the unpredictability of life!
2 people found this helpful
GabrielReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
a master piece
It will take you up and down and whatever you guess you will be wrong, amazing and I rarely feel like I did not waste my time watching a movie. it really adds a perspective on how we judge everything and forget to judge ourselves. Nice one
One person found this helpful
Grand Top Gear TourReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is genuinely worth the time
With just one review I thought this was likely to be unrewarding, but absolutely not the case. 5 star in every area from me and I think I'm hard to please. Great story, delivered by some top notch characters and perfomance. The direction is also well worth praise, sustaining the guessing game on plot direction. Genuinely, really impressed - don't hesitate to invest time on this one.
2 people found this helpful
Vincent GibbonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cracking Ozzy gem of a thriller
Who exactly did what to who ( whom ?) and when was it done and why? Who`s the baddie and who`s helping.. Keeps you guessing - well worth a viewing..
One person found this helpful
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