Currently in production is an adaptation of Kenneth Cook’s 1962 cult novel Wake in Fright (previously filmed in 1971). The plot focuses on young teacher John Grant who is caught up in a nightmare when he ends up in the tiny outback mining town Bundanyabba.
The 1971 version had a real air of menace about it and has become regarded as one of the best Australian movies of the 1970s. Jack Thompson, Chips Rafferty and Gary Bond starred in that one but there is no word on casting for this yet. We will of course up date as more info comes in.
Ten’s head of drama Rick Mair remarked “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 long into the night and – possibly – for years to come.”
Filming will take place in Broken Hill and Sydney and will begin February 2017.
Australia / Channel 10 – Lingo – Endemol Shine – Screen Australia – Screen NSW / Broadcast 2017
Writer: Stephen M. Irwin / Producers: Helen Bowden, Jason Stephens / Director: Kriv Stenders