Wake in Fright

Synopsis: Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But his one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left...
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Ted Kotcheff
Production: Drafthouse Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

All right.

Off you go.

Happy Christmas, teacher!

- Happy new year.

- Thank you, Dave.

Give my love to your

girlfriend in Sydney, sir.

I'll do that, sir, thank you.

Have a happy holiday, sir.

And you, Chris, thank you.

Enjoy yourself.

For your collection, sir.

Thank you very much, Lou.


So I'll see you

next year, mate.

Shut up!

A middy, please, Charlie.

Having one yourself?


You've, uh,

got snakes in your

pocket, have you?



Will you be wanting your

room when you come back?

Where else would I stay?

But if you get

a flood of tourists

or anything, Charlie,

I can always stay

in the schoolhouse.

See you in six weeks, huh?

Not if I can rob a bank.

- Sure, Ned Kelly.

- Mmm.

See you, then.


Excuse me, please.

Oi, fella, come and

have a beer with us.

No. No, thanks.

Come on, come and have a beer.

New to the yabba?


Staying long?

No, just tonight.

Oh, that's hard luck.

Want to see a bit more

of the yabba than that.

You think it's worth seeing?

It's the

best place in Australia.

Everybody likes the yabba.


Well, it's a friendly place.

Nobody worries who you are

or where you come from.

You're a good bloke, you're all right.

You know what I mean?

Excuse me.

Do you have a room for John grant?

I made a booking by letter.

Oh, I'm only staying the night.

I'm flying to

Sydney in the morning.

You have to pay now.

I think we can manage that.

It'll be $4.

There's $1 deposit on the keys.

You'll get that back when

you bring the keys back.

Thank you.

Could you tell me where

room seven is, please?

Up the steps and down

the corridor to the right.

Hey. Shut it, mate.

We're closed.

Excuse me.

You're new to the yabba?

Well, I just dropped

in for the night.

I'm flying to

Sydney in the morning.


- Come far?

- Tiboonda.

Ah, nice little place.

Do you like it?

Paradise on earth.


What do you do out there?

Oh, I'm a bonded slave of

the education department.

I'm a school teacher.

Oh, yes.

You took over from old

Murchison, didn't you?

McDonald, his name is.

Of course.

And you're, uh...


Yeah, that's right.

Well, I'll be blown.

Crawford's the name.

Jock Crawford.

John grant.

I'm pleased to know you, Jack.

What about another beer?

Thanks, Mr. Crawford.

- Here you are, Jack.

- Thanks.

You, uh...

You say you're a slave.

What do you mean by that?

You wouldn't know how our

educational authorities

get teachers for the outback?

Wouldn't have a clue, mate.

Now, a new teacher has

to post a bond for $1,000.

That 1,000 guarantees you'll

serve out your contract

wherever they send you.

Oh, well. I suppose they

know what they're doing.

You clever blokes never like to

stop in the one spot long, do you?

Depends on the place.

Yeah, that's right.

Well, never mind, Jack.

You can always come to the

yabba for your holidays.

Good luck.

Yes, that's something

to look forward to.

No, thanks,

I'll be running along.

Police have much to

do in Bundanyabba?

No. No, not really.

We sort of...

We just sort of

keep an eye on things.

Honestest little town in

Australia, this is, mate.

But, mind you,

there are not too many

game enough to try

anything around here.

You see, we're so isolated,

there's nowhere to go.

We get 'em, and quick.

Sounds like an easy life.

Yeah, not bad.

Of course,

we do have a few suicides.


Yeah. Yeah,

they reckon it's the heat.


I like the heat.

Yeah, it's one way of

getting out of town.

What is?

Killing yourself.

Hey, that's good. I like a

bloke with a sense of humor.

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