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WAKE IN FRIGHT

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WAKE IN FRIGHT

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 108m 29s

BBFCInsight Contains strong scenes of kangaroo hunting and slaughter

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

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 This work was 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 BBFC Guidelines and policy on animal cruelty, themselves based on 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 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').

Details

Title
WAKE IN FRIGHT
Year
2014
Distributor(s)
Eureka Entertainment Ltd
Classified date(s)
29/01/2014
Main language
English
Submitted run time
108m 29s
BBFC reference
AVF255908
Remarks
Widescreen

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles

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WAKE IN FRIGHT

Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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