From Roger Ebert’s 2012 review, which came out after the film’s only surviving print was found by its editor and Wake in Fright got a new release:
Wake in Fright is a film made in Australia in 1971 and almost lost forever. It’s not dated. It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing. It comes billed as a “horror film” and contains a great deal of horror, but all of the horror is human and brutally realistic.