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The Snowtown Murders -- Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
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19 May 2011 (Australia) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Lucas Pittaway ... Jamie Vlassakis
Bob Adriaens ... Gavin
Louise Harris ... Elizabeth Harvey
Frank Cwiertniak ... Jeffrey
Matthew Howard ... Nicholas
Marcus Howard ... Alex
Anthony Groves ... Troy

Richard Green ... Barry
Aaron Viergever ... Robert
Denis Davey ... Guitar Player
Allan Chapple ... Prayer Reader
Beau Gosling ... David
Brendan Rock ... Marcus
Bryan Sellars ... Minister

Daniel Henshall ... John Bunting
David Walker ... Mark Haydon
Aasta Brown ... Verna
Nigel Howard ... Man at Dinner
Joanne Argent ... Woman at Dinner
Astrid Adriaens ... Woman at Dinner
Keiran Schwerdt ... Thomas
Craig Coyne ... Ray
Kathryn Wissell ... Suzanne
Krystle Flaherty ... Vikki
Hannah Shelley ... Vikki's Baby
Andrew Mayers ... Fred
Gabor Kiss ... Doctor (as Dr. Gabor Kiss)
Carol Smith ... Doctor's Receptionist
Jenny Hallam ... Social Worker
Robert Deeble ... Gary

Directed by
Justin Kurzel 
Writing credits
Shaun Grant (written by)

Shaun Grant (story) &
Justin Kurzel (story)

Debi Marshall (book Killing for Pleasure)

Andrew McGarry (book The Snowtown Murders)

Produced by
Robin Gutch .... executive producer
Mark Herbert .... executive producer
Anna McLeish .... producer
Sarah Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Jed Kurzel 
Cinematography by
Adam Arkapaw 
Film Editing by
Veronika Jenet 
Casting by
Allison Meadows 
Production Design by
Fiona Crombie 
Art Direction by
Chris Jobson 
Set Decoration by
Jen Drake 
Costume Design by
Alice Babidge 
Fiona Crombie 
Makeup Department
Kylie Clarke .... wigmaker
Beverley Freeman .... prosthetic makeup artist
Beverley Freeman .... special makeup effects artist
Marie-Lyne Morant .... hair stylist attachment
Marie-Lyne Morant .... makeup artist attachment
Production Management
Sally Clarke .... production manager
Joshua Jaeger .... unit manager
Rachel Knowles .... head of post-production
Rita Walsh .... post production coordinator
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kelly Carpenter .... third assistant director
Nathan Croft .... first assistant director
Travis Kalendra .... second assistant director
Charmaine Kuhn .... third assistant director
Art Department
Graeme Bambridge .... scenic artist
Myles Cooper .... art department assistant
Ben Crabtree .... stand-by props
Bowen Ellames .... graphic artist
Damon G. Hill .... artist painter (as Damon G Hill)
Ric Huxholl .... construction (as Rick Huxholl)
Brad Maddern .... art department assistant
Gareth Wilkes .... graphics/computer graphics
Sound Department
Michael Carden .... additional sound effects editor
Michael Carden .... dialogue editor
Bruce Emery .... dolby sound consultant
Mark Farrow .... dialogue editor
Des Kenneally .... sound recordist
Frank Lipson .... sound designer
Frank Lipson .... supervising sound editor
Andrew McGrath .... dialogue editor
Andrew McGrath .... re-recording mixer
Erin McKimm .... dialogue editor
Erin McKimm .... mix assistant
Rhys Richards .... sound assistant
John Simpson .... foley artist
Lisa Simpson .... foley artist
J.B. Williams .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jarett Lee .... visual effects compositor: Digital Pictures
Mitch Deans .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sian Bates .... focus puller: second unit
Nic Datson .... additional lighting assistant
Roger Dowling .... camera operator: second unit
Amy Gebhardt .... second camera operator
Ben King .... still photographer
Greg McKie .... low loader operator
Leigh Nemeth .... best boy
Richard Rees-Jones .... gaffer (as Richard Rees Jones)
Mike Smith .... key grip
Kirsty Stark .... clapper/loader
Luke Thomas .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ari Wegner .... second camera operator
Casting Department
Kate Rooney .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lauren De Innocentis .... costume stand-by
Anita Seiler .... costume supervisor
Verity Webb .... additional costume buyer
Editorial Department
George Awburn .... digital intermediate mastering and compositing
Belinda Fithie .... post-production assistant
Henry Karjalainen .... assistant editor: New South Wales
Sean Lahiff .... assistant editor: South Australia
Brett Manson .... digital intermediate colorist
Rachel McKellar-Harding .... digital intermediate producer
Laurie Meade .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Jason Pastor .... film scanning
Tony Poriazis .... digital film recording services
Nic Smith .... digital intermediate technical director
Rita Walsh .... post-production coordinator
Neil Wood .... colorist: rushes
Location Management
Mark Evans .... location manager
Music Department
Cec Condon .... musician: additional percussion
Andy Kelly .... composer manager: Winterman & Goldstein
Jed Kurzel .... music engineer
Matt Lovell .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Gary Baxter .... motorbike riding consultant
Peter Jobson .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Lance Anderson .... safety report
Josh Axford .... additional unit assistant
Jannine Barnes .... post production accountant
Jannine Barnes .... post-production accountant
Graham Bramley .... animal wrangler
Peter Campbell .... additional legal: Kelly & Co
John Coory .... armorer
Shannon Crotty .... production runner
Timea Dickson .... animal wrangler
Deborah Drake .... animal wrangler
Daniel Fletcher .... director's attachment
Mike Green .... additional unit assistant
Mac Gudgeon .... script editor
Bettina Hamilton .... production coordinator
Brian Holland .... insurance: Holland Insurance
Manfred Hopprich .... unit assistant
Nathan James .... safety supervisor
Danielle Karalus .... epk
Rebecca Knott .... unit nurse (as Rebecca Knotts)
Debi Marshall .... story consultant
Sonya Marshall .... caterer: Directors Cut
Sharon Menzies .... cashflow provider: Fulcrum Media Finance
Reezy Miller .... post-production script
David Noakes .... completion guarantor: First Australian Completion Bond Co.
Matthew Richardson .... additional unit assistant
Matthew Richardson .... unit assistant
Antonetta Russo .... production accountant
Emile Sherman .... cashflow provider: Fulcrum Media Finance
Eve Spence .... script timing
Brett Thornquest .... tax advisor: Contrarian Tax Unit
Caroline Verge .... legal: Verge Whitford & Co
Sylvia Warmer .... production secretary
Steven Watt .... unit publicist
Nick Batzias .... thanks
Richard Harris .... thanks
James Hewison .... thanks
Katrina Sedgwick .... thanks (as Katrina Sedwick)
Paul Wiegard .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Snowtown" - Australia (original title)
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119 min
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75 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
A harrowingly realistic portrayal of torture and murder, 3 October 2011
Author: seth_isurus from Australia

Snowtown is probably the most disturbing movie I have ever seen. (Note: To back that statement up, I have watched most so called 'torture-porn' flicks, including hard-edged foreign stuff like Martyrs and Audition.)

Unlike the vast majority of horror films, Snowtown depicts torture and murder in a way that is almost documentary-like - nothing is sensationalized, which makes it all the more horrific. You are essentially a fly-on-the-wall during a real-life murder. The strangulation scene in the bath tub is almost unwatchable - and it seems to go on forever.

I found it incredibly hard to watch and it has seriously shaken me to my core. Cinema is supposed to affect us, and Snowtown certainly did, which is why I've given it 10/10.

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