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Wake in Fright  

Australian Screen Classics

Wake in Fright $15.45 ex GST
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Based on the celebrated novel by Kenneth Cook, the film Wake in Fright was critically acclaimed on its release, and is considered one of the best films produced in Australia, influencing recent films such as Wolf Creek. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971 and again on re-release in 2009 as a Classic. 

In this insightful monograph, Tina Kaufman discusses what lies behind Wake in Fright: the genesis of the film, how it was made, how it was allowed to get lost, and the long path of its rediscovery. Kaufman recounts how this film that is, in essence, all about survival, had itself survived.


Co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive, this is the 11th title in the Australian Screen Classics series.


Review in  Screening the Past, by Gabrielle Murray

   eBook available from

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-864-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB


Tina Kaufman was the editor of the Sydney Filmmakers Coop monthly newspaper, Filmnews for seventeen years. The newspaper covered all aspects of screen culture, policy and practice which Tina continues to write about for various screen publications including Metro magazine and the online publication Screen Hub.  A board member of the Sydney Film Festival for 25 years and a founding member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia, she is now an honorary life member of both organisations.