Wake In Fright (1970)

Apr 11, 2020 6:34 AM

Film on ClickView

Section from David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema

Questions to answer

  • “It took an outsider to show Australians some ugly home truths.” Explain why it took a non-Australian director to show the “menacing” side of Australian culture.
  • Identify the ‘ugly home truths’ that are depicted in the sequences from the film.
  • Jack Thompson says the film “brought a reality to the screen that was crucial for all Australians and all would be filmmakers in this country, to meet themselves for the first time.” Explain why the reviews of the film were negative.
  • Why is this controversial film seen as so important, especially given its television re-make?