It’s not too often that a little seen movie from the ’70s gets re-released in theatres as if it was brand new, but thanks to the good folks at Drafthouse Films, Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright is finally getting the attention it deserves. Premiering at Cannes in 1971, the gritty Australian thriller left a serious impression on many of the directors who saw it there including Martin Scorsese who calls it “deeply unsettling and disturbing.” However, without much advertising behind it, the movie failed to find an audience in theatres and was soon forgotten and eventually lost to the ravages of time.
Fortunately, the cinematographer went on a hunt to find the original negatives and came across them somewhere in Philadelphia, one week before they were supposed to be destroyed. The movie has since been restored and will premiere at Fantastic Fest before playing in theatres across the U.S. It stars Gary Bond as a school teacher who travels to the Australian outback and rubs shoulders with the locals, where he finds himself drawn into increasingly depraved behaviour. Wake in Fright hits select theatres starting on October 5th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.