IN CINEMAS: Wake in Fright

Still from Wake in Fright

Ever since it’s recovery, restoration and Australian re-release a few years back, Wake in Fright (1971) – Ted Kotcheff’s unnervingly brutal picaresque of life in the Australian outback  – has done the rounds of London screening nights, played the odd festival, and even got a trio of excellent 35mm screenings earlier this year. But now, after reissues in Australia and North America – and over forty years after its original UK release as Outback in November 1971 – it is finally time for the film to return to British cinemas via a limited theatrical re-release, leading up to Eureka Entertainment’s deluxe Masters of Cinema dual-format treatment later in the month.

Currently screening in select cinemas across Britain and Ireland (details below), Wake in Fright will also play as part of the Picturehouse chain’s Discover strand later this month, and – perhaps most excitingly – is also set to be one of the first titles added to the brilliant Ourscreen initiative, so if it’s not playing nearby, you can help bring it to your local cinema.

Here’s a full list of where you can catch the film from March 7:

London:             BFI Southbank / ICA / Curzon Soho
Belfast:               Queen’s Film Theatre
Bristol:                Watershed
Cardiff:               Chapter Film
Dublin:                Irish Film Institute
Edinburgh:         Filmhouse
Nottingham:      Broadway

And on 25/26 March, the film will play the following cinemas as part of the regular Picturehouse Discover slot:

Clapham, Greenwich, Hackney, Ritzy, Stratford East Picturehouses (all London), the Little Theatre Cinema (Bath), Duke’s at Komedia (Brighton), Abbeygate Picturehouse (Bury St Edmunds), Cameo Picturehouse (Edinburgh), Exeter Picturehouse, Regal Picturehouse (Henley-on-Thames), Picturehouse at FACT (Liverpool), Cinema City (Norwich), Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse, City Screen Picturehouse (York).

Full, up to date listings and bookings available on the Picturehouse website.

And don’t forget, if you can’t catch Wake in Fright in cinemas or just want to re-live the hell-ride over and over again, it’s available on Curzon on Demand, and will join Eureka’s prestigious Masters of Cinema strand on dual-format (DVD/Blu-ray) from March 31st.


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