Wake in Fright set for UK release

Still from Wake in Fright

It’s a dark, disturbing, grueling exploration of the dark side of the Australian psyche. It also happens to be one of the finest films to ever emerge from that sunburnt country, and following revivals in Australia and the United States, it’s finally about to earn its due in Britain.

Eureka Entertainment announced their acquisition of Ted Kotcheff’s outback nightmare Wake In Fright (1971) earlier this year and have now announced full details of the release. In March 2014, this Australian classic – based on Kenneth Cook’s novel and starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty (in his final film role) and Jack Thompson (in one of his first) – will get the full treatment; a theatrical release in selected cinemas, followed by a dual-format (DVD/Blu-ray) home entertainment package on Eureka’s prestigious Masters of Cinema imprint (the first Australian film to earn that distinction).

For full details see the announcement tweets below, followed by a first look at the glorious artwork and brand new trailer:

So just to recap, the limited theatrical release begins at the BFI Southbank on March 7, followed by other cinemas around the UK, including a Discover slot at Picturehouse Cinemas on March 25. Finally, on March 31, the film will be released on Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) so you can revisit the film in all its beer-swilling, two-upping, dust-eating, Kangaroo-fighting glory.

Wake in Fright dual format release via Eureka (31/03/14)


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