Ten has commissioned a new adaptation of Kenneth Cook’s classic Australian novel, Wake In Fright.
The two-part television event will tell the story of John Grant, a young school teacher who descends into his own personal nightmare after being stranded in the small outback mining town of Bundanyabba.
Grant soon realises his city smarts are no use in this strange place that runs by its own rules. When he loses all his money and more in an illegal two-up game, he becomes indebted to some very dangerous people who refuse to let him go.
As events go from bad to worse, Grant is trapped in a spiralling nightmare of drinking, sex, and the steady stripping away of his civility. He finds himself broke, on the run and desperate for escape. But
Wake In Fright will be produced by Lingo Pictures in association with Endemol Shine Australia, with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
Network Ten Head of Drama, Rick Maier, said: “There are few Australian stories as original or compelling as Wake in Fright. “Kenneth Cook’s novel, now re-imagined for a new generation, deals with the biggest themes. Provocative, morally complex and brilliantly realised, this classic story is guaranteed to stay with you long into the night and – possibly – for years to come. “It will be a privilege to broadcast this major television event on TEN,” he said.
Producer Helen Bowden said: “Based on a novel that is as fresh as the day it was written, with compelling scripts, and a director at the top of his game, Lingo Pictures is extremely proud to be making Wake In Fright for Network Ten.”
The team behind Wake In Fright includes producers Helen Bowden (The Slap, Devil’s Playground), and Kristian Moliere (The Badabook), writer Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies),director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, A Place To Call Home) and executive producers Jason Stephens (Lingo Pictures), Mark Fennessy and Carl Fennessy (Endemol Shine).
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said: “Screen Australia is thrilled to be a major investor in Lingo Pictures’ Wake In Fright, which sees the Aussie thriller genre making a triumphant return to Network Ten.”
Casting announcements for Wake In Fright will be made soon with the series to premiere on TEN in 2017.