Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Director: Justin Kurzel

Starring: Lucas Pittaway, Louise Harris, Daniel Henshall

Based on the true story of the Bodies in Barrels murders, this is a grisly film about a grisly subject. What appears is a pitiless portrait of a psychopath and this is a hard movie to watch. The story is one of corruption of innocence involving 16 year old Jamie Vlassakis (Lucas Pittaway), drawn into a world of criminal violence by older men. Jamie comes from a dysfunctional family and has been abused all his life when he falls under the spell of charismatic John Bunting (played brilliantly by, Daniel Hanshall) who takes up with Jamie's mum, Elizabeth (Louise Harris). Bunting is the epitome of evil and he and his gang go on a rampage of torture and murder. Soon the hapless Jamie is luring helpless victims to their death. Most of the violence is off screen (thankfully), but otherwise there is enough graphic menace to make the movie uncomfortable to watch. Snowtown was made on a low budget, with a cast of non-actors drawn from Adelaide's northern suburbs. Not for the faint hearted but may appeal to these who liked Rowan Woods' The Boys, although it is not so good. Unnerving.

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