Airdate: Wake in Fright

TEN’s two part remake of Wake In Fright will air in early October.

The miniseries stars Sean Keenan as John Grant and features David Wenham as Jock Crawford, Alex Dimitriades as Evan “Doc” Tydonas, Caren Pistorius as Janette Hynes, Gary Sweet as Tim Hynes and Robyn Malcolm as Ursula Hynes.

This two-part television event follows young school teacher, John Grant who finds himself marooned in the fictitious mining town, Bundanyabba, in Australia’s outback. John is seduced by shady strangers at the local pub on an alcohol-fuelled night of gambling that leads to a dangerous series of events. This remarkable television event is set to thrill and captivate viewers.

Based on the iconic book written by Australian journalist and novelist Kenneth Cook, the classic 1961 novel left an unforgettable imprint on Australian culture. Network Ten’s contemporary interpretation reaches out to a new generation of fans and has already received critical acclaim from reviewers across the country.

Filmed in Broken Hill and Sydney over five weeks, Wake In Fright was created for Network Ten by Lingo Pictures, in association with Endemol Shine Australia with the financial assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Wake In Fright is produced by Helen Bowden (The Slap, Devil’s Playground) and Kristian Moliere (The Babadook) and written by Stephen M Irwin. Wake In Fright is directed by Kriv Stenders (Australia Day, The Principal), whose feature film Red Dog is one of the highest-grossing Australian films of all time. Lingo Pictures’ Helen Bowden and Jason Stephens and Endemol Shine Australia’s Mark Fennessy and Carl Fennessy are executive producers.

Sunday 8 October at 8.30pm, concludes Sunday 15 October on TEN.


  1. Difficult to see why this was made-what could you bring to the story that the film didn’t and making it ‘contemporary’ actually loses some credibility as even the outback isn’t the same place it was 45 years ago.

  2. Really looking forward to Wake in Fright.
    The original was a masterpiece – really resonated with me. Intense and disturbing.
    As others have said, really hope this remake can recapture its brilliance.
    Some top-class actors onboard so hopefully it will be quality viewing.

  3. jezza the first original one

    If this was on Stan or Netflix I would watch it…..but its gonna start late and have way to many ads rammed into it……streaming is my preferred way of watching drama these days

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