First look at Wake In Fright remake

  • Jul 25, 2017

When news dropped that a TV remake of the cult classic Aussie film Wake In Fright was in the works, peeps flipped their lids.

Nevertheless, the “Television Drama Event Of 2017” is on the horizon, and Channel Ten have dropped a first look.

The show will be a “contemporary interpretation” of the 1961 psychological thriller written by Australian journalist and novelist, Kenneth Cook.

David Wenham in Wake In Fright.

David Wenham in Wake In Fright.

The novel and ensuing 1971 film, followed the exploits of a school teacher immersed in the heavy drinking culture of the Australian outback.

The remake has all the right elements for a TV hit: Brilliant storyline, amazing cast, and a heap of free publicity.

Alex Dimitriades in Wake In Fright.

Alex Dimitriades in Wake In Fright.

The two-part show features:

  • Sean Keenan (GlitchPuberty Blues) as young school teacher John Grant
  • David Wenham (Lion, Top Of The Lake, Lord Of The Rings) as Police Sergeant Jock Crawford
  • Alex Dimitriades (The Slap, Underbelly) as Evan “Doc” Tydonas
  • Caren Pistorius (Offspring) as Janette Hynes
  • Gary Sweet (House Husbands, Police Rescue) as Tim Hynes
  • Robyn Malcolm (Upper Middle Bogan, Rake) as Ursula Hynes

Time will tell if it can live up to the hype of its predecessors. Let’s take a look:

About Wake In Fright

Network Ten Head of Drama, Rick Maier said: “There are few Australian stories as original or compelling as Wake in Fright.

“Kenneth Cook’s novel, now re-imagined for a new generation, deals with the biggest themes.

“Provocative, morally complex and brilliantly realised, this classic story is guaranteed to stay with you.”

Producer Helen Bowden the show was “based on a novel that is as fresh as the day it was written, with compelling scripts, and a director at the top of his game.”

The team behind Wake In Fright includes producers Helen Bowden (The Slap, Devil’s Playground), and Kristian Moliere (The Badabook), writer Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies), director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, A Place To Call Home) and executive producers Jason Stephens (Lingo Pictures), Mark Fennessy and Carl Fennessy (Endemol Shine).

Wake In Fright is “coming Soon” to TEN.