Channel 10 have revealed the cast line up for their two part drama Wake In Fright, an adaptation of Kenneth Cook’s Australian classic, which begins filming this week in Broken Hill and Sydney. Snagging the lead role is Sean Keenan.
The star of Network Ten’s coming-of-age hit Puberty Blues and, more recently, the supernatural drama Glitch, Sean will play John Grant, a young school teacher who descends into his own personal nightmare after being stranded in the small outback mining town of Bundanyabba.
Joining Sean is one of Australia’s most well-respected and critically-acclaimed television and film actors, David Wenham, who will play Jock Crawford.
With a career spanning more than 30 years, David has starred in iconic television and films internationally and in Australia, including SeaChange, Top Of The Lake, 300, The Lord of the Rings and, most recently opposite Australia’s own Nicole Kidman in the six-time Academy Award nominated film Lion.
South African-born and New Zealand-raised actress Caren Pistorius, whose television credits include playing opposite Asher Keddie in Offspring, will play Janette Hynes.
Other members of this superb ensemble cast include Gary Sweet (House Husbands, Police Rescue), Alex Dimitriades (The Slap, Underbelly), Robyn Malcolm (Upper Middle Bogan, Rake), Lee Jones (The Bastard Executioner), Anna Samson (Winners & Losers), Hannah Frederiksen (Hunters) and Jada Alberts (Wentworth).
Wake In Fright is produced by Helen Bowden (The Slap, Devil’s Playground) and Kristian Moliere (The Babadook), it is written by Stephen M Irwin.
It is directed by Kriv Stenders (The Principal, A Place To Call Home), whose feature film Red Dog is one of the highest grossing Australian films of all time.