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WAKE IN FRIGHT (1971)

WAKE IN FRIGHT <span>(1971)</span> artwork

WAKE IN FRIGHT (1971)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 108

Release dates 07/03/2014

BBFCInsight Contains strong scenes of kangaroo hunting and slaughter

Genre(s) Thriller, Drama

Director(s) Ted Kotcheff

Cast includes Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, Peter Whittle, Al Thomas, John Meillon, John Armstrong, Slim DeGray, Maggie Dence, Norm Erskine, Owen Moase

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/01/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WAKE IN FRIGHT is a 1971 drama in which an English schoolteacher finds himself stranded in a mining town in the Australian outback.

Theme

There is sight of kangaroos being chased, shot and killed, as well as sight of their dismembered bodies. When the film was originally released the BBFC sought and received detailed assurances confirming that the hunting sequences were not organised or directed for the purposes of the film. Instead the footage was achieved by accompanying an actual kangaroo hunt. There are also scenes in which men fight apparently injured kangaroos. Once again, detailed assurances were received in 1971 confirming that these sequences were carefully supervised, by the Australian equivalent of the RSPCA, to avoid any cruelty to the animals. Therefore there is no breach of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937, which prohibits the exhibition in the UK of any film in which animals were cruelly treated in order to produce the film.

A man contemplates taking his own life by placing a shotgun barrel in his mouth. He fires the weapon, but does not succeed in killing himself and subsequently recovers.

There are also some moderate sex scenes and references, including a scene in which a woman unbuttons her dress before kissing a man who subsequently vomits.

The film also contains several scenes of smoking and alcohol consumption that do not promote the activity.

The film also contains brief natural male nudity.

There is moderate and mild bad language ('slag', 'bitch', 'arse', 'bastard', 'bloody', 'hell').

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Details

Title
WAKE IN FRIGHT
Also known as
OUTBACK
Year
1971
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
United Artists Corp Ltd,Eureka Entertainment Ltd
Classified date(s)
29/01/2014
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF255908

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