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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.